Tarka Trail Walking Holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Lynmouth on Tarka Trail walking holiday in Devon with Lets Go Walking

Tarka Trail Walking Holiday
on the Northern Loop
on The North Devon Coast
and Exmoor
Devon, South West England
in 9 Days
8 nights and 7 days walking
Day by Day Itinerary

Tarka Trail Walking Holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Tarka Trail Walking Holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

A 152 mile figure of eight walking route in North Devon between Dartmoor and Exmoor. This route can be split into the south loop of 68 miles and the north loop of 84 miles.

Tarka Trail Walking holiday in Devon with Let's Go Walking

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Tarka Trail Walking Holiday
on the North Loop
(With an optional trip to Lundy Island)
Moorland  and Coastal Walking Holiday on Devon’s North Coast and Exmoor in Devon, South West England
a circular walk via
Lynton, Combe Martin, Woolcombe, Barnstaple

Walk The Tarka Trail walking holiday via Exmoor, Lynton, Combe Martin, Ilfracombe, Croyde and the South West Coast Path

THIS WALKING HOLIDAY CAN BE COMPLETED IN EITHER DIRECTION
This self-guided UK walking holiday in Devon on the Tarka Trail North makes a varied and interesting hiking tour. The Tarka Trail North passes through some of Exmoor’s most charming landscape full of wildlife and stunning scenery.

The Tarka Trail walking holiday on the North Loop is a 84-mile circular waymarked walking trail. The Tarka Trail is named after Tarka the otter from the book by Henry Williamson published in the 1920’s and is still popular today. Our company is based in heart of Devon’s Tarka country on the edge of Dartmoor and the hiking trail is one of our staff’s favorites walks because of the contrasts a hike on this route can offer.

Both the Tarka Trail routes are circular walks and can be started at any location depending on availability and how you are arriving (train or car).
We pride ourselves in offering the widest choice of bespoke walking holidays in the UK.

The Tarka Trail Walking Holiday connects with:

Our self-guided walking holidays are designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind and can be tailor-made to your own personal requirements.

The routes are clearly way-marked to provide reassurance on your hiking vacation.

We use high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels with en-suite or private bathroom to ensure you are well rested each night after a busy day hiking and sightseeing. Rest assured that all our accommodation walking holiday providers are hand-picked and offer you that famous British hospitality.

Special diets can be catered for, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free.

We organize the luggage transfer so your bags are at your next accommodation when you arrive.

Let’s Go Walking has developed one of the largest selection of walking holidays and our offices are staffed 9am to 9pm to ensure your walking holiday runs without a hitch.

This walking holiday in the UK operates March to October and in either direction.

The daily distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.
Our stated distances include mileage to the accommodation or pickup point and so may not agree with the guide book mileages.
Rest days can be taken in any location.

Why not combine this walk with a hiking tour in another part of the UK or Ireland. Our staff will be happy to advise on necessary transfers.

Online booking available.
A deposit of £85 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.
Optional extra days and accommodation upgrades can be added during the booking process online.

Tarka Trail Walking Holiday
North Loop, Circular from Barnstaple
Suggested Tour Duration
:
8 nights, 7 days walking
Total Distance:
84 miles/134 kms
Min/max daily distance:
9/14 miles
Average Daily distance:
12 miles
Grading:
Easy/Strenuous
Features:
Exmoor
Exmoor Ponies
Woolacombe Beach
Ilfracombe’s Tunnels Beaches
Saunton Sands
This route connects with:
Macmillan Way West
South West Coast Path
Two Moors Way

 Tarka Trail Walking Holiday
on the North Loop
Coastal and Moorland Walking Holiday
on Devon’s North Coast and Exmoor
in Devon, South West England
(With optional trip to Lundy Island)
8 nights and 7 days walking
Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Barnstaple

You make your own way to Barnstaple for the start of your walking holiday on the Tarka Trail. We can assist with coach transfers if necessary.

Tarka Trail Walking Holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Tarka Trail Walking Holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Day 2: Barnstaple to Brayford    14 miles    easy
At Barnstaple the trail intersects with the South West Coast Path and the Macmillan Way West. Walking on from Barnstaple, a busy town with a fine range of shops and pubs, the trail follows the River Taw for a short way and then heads to a more rural scene of rolling farmland and small copses until you reach West Buckland. Then the route follows the River Bray to Brayford, a small but charming hamlet.

Day 3: Brayford to Simonsbath    10 miles   moderate
The Tarka Trail enters the Exmoor National Park at this point and follows the Little Owl River for a short while, passing some Bronze Age Burial Mounds. Then you cross the River Barle onto open moorland. At Exe Head the trail crosses the Two Moors Way and then you make your way to Simonsbath in Somerset, one of Exmoor’s Treasures.

Tarka Trail Walking Holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Tarka Trail Walking Holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Day 4: Simonsbath to Lynmouth         14 miles   moderate

This is the landscape that has made Exmoor popular with walkers for years. Along the banks of the River Exe is a great place to spot wildlife, perhaps a red deer or one of the many pheasants. The path heads up onto open moorland, then joins Myrtleberry Cleave as it heads into Lynmouth, where the Tarka Trail joins the South West Coast Path.

Optional Day in Lynmouth: enjoy the area, visit Valley of the Rocks, or walk to Watersmeet

Day 5: Lynmouth to Combe Martin         13 miles    strenuous
You can take the Cliff Railway from Lynmouth up to Lynton. Then an easy walk through the Valley of the Rocks, to Lee Bay and Woody Bay. There are a couple of deep valleys, a skirt around Heddon’s Mouth Cleave, and an ascent of Great Hangman, the highest point of the South West Coast Path at 318 metres (1,043 ft in old money!).

Tarka Trail Walking Holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Optional Day in Combe Martin: relax in the quaint Devon seaside village

Tarka Trail Walking Holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Day 6: Combe Martin to Ilfracombe         5 miles    strenuous

Walking on the South West Coast Path from Combe Martin you pass Watermouth with its sandy estuary and boat yard. The walking trail then climbs over the headland past Samson’s Bay and Hele Bay to Ilfracombe, with its quaint Devon fishing harbour and sandy beaches. In season ferries offer trips to the Island of Lundy.

Optional Day in Ilfracombe to visit Lundy Island (subject to ferry sailing times)

Lundy, an island 3 1/2 miles long and 1/2 mile wide, lies off the north Devon coast and is a wildlife and walkers haven. Day return aboard MS Oldenburg.  Sailings are approximately 3 times per week.  Your holiday can be arranged to coincide with a sailing.

Tarka Trail Walking Holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Tarka Trail Walking Holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Day 7: Ilfracombe to Croyde         14 miles    moderate to strenuous

On walking to the lighthouse at Bull Point the South West Coast Path passes through a couple of small valleys. At Morte Point the long sandy beach of Woolacombe comes into view and then becomes our walking path . Over Baggy Point to Croyde, this whole area is a mecca for surfers and walkers.

Day 8: Croyde Bay to Barnstaple         14 miles    easy

The South West Coast Path crosses the dunes and on to Saunton Downs. Walking on past Braunton Burrows with its sand dunes and wildlife. Now following the wide Taw estuary the whole area is full of bird life. At Barnstaple, where your walking holiday on the Tarka Trail finishes, there is a wide range of shops, restaurants and pubs.

Tarka Trail Walking Holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Day 9: Depart after breakfast
Depart after breakfast or extend your holiday walking and spend some time exploring the Barnstaple area and Devons North Coast.
We can transfer you to your car or station.
Continue on the Tarka Trail South

Tarka Trail Walking Holiday
North Loop circular walking holiday from Barnstaple
via Exmoor and Devon’s North Coast
9 day itinerary
7 days walking and 8 nights

Suggested Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive at Barnstaple
Day 2: Barnstaple to Brayford            14 miles
Day 3: Brayford to Simonsbath           10 miles
Day 4: Simonsbath to Lynmouth         14 miles
Optional Day in Lynmouth
Day 5: Lynmouth to Combe Martin     13 miles
Optional Day in Combe Martin
Day 6: Combe Martin to Ilfracombe    5 miles
Optional Day in Ilfracombe to visit Lundy Island
Day 7: Ilfracombe to Croyde                14 miles
Day 8: Croyde to Barnstaple                14 miles
Day 9: Depart after breakfast

£760pp
dbl/twin

£1,072pp
single occ

£1,152pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Extra nights from £49 per person depending on location
Extra night in Ilfracombe and day trip to Lundy from £99.00 per person

Optional Accommodation Upgrades for
Tarka Trail
Walking Holiday
North Loop

Can be added when booking online

Subject to availability              Supplement per person per night

Barnstaple
Imperial Hotel

double/twin
£38.00

single
£49.00

Park Hotel

£27.38

£32.50

Royal & Fortesque Hotel

£31.58

£46.24

Yeo Dale Hotel

£39.00

please ask

Lynmouth
Rising Sun Hotel

double/twin
£48.00

single
£85.00

Rock House Hotel

£39.00

£68.00

Heddons Mouth
Hunters Inn

double/twin
£15.00

single
£25.00

Hunters Inn superior room

£30.50

£60.00

If you would like to stay at Hunters Inn in Heddons Mouth, we can revise the itinerary so that this is an overnight stop.

Ilfracombe
Laston House

double/twin
£10.25

single
£15.00

Olive Branch

£11.25

£10.00

Osborne Hotel

£10.25

£15.00

Croyde
Saunton Sands Hotel

double/twin
£100.00

single
£105.00

The Thatch

£15.00

£22.50

What’s included
in your Tarka Trail Walking Holiday
in Devon, South West England
on Devon’s North Coast and Dartmoor or Exmoor

  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • daily luggage transfer
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • detailed itineraries
  • OS 1:25,000 map

Optional Extras
for your Tarka Trail Walking Holiday
in Devon, South West England
on Devon’s North Coast and Dartmoor or Exmoor

  • upgrade to the region’s most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • inn to inn walks
 

What’s not included
in your Tarka Trail Walking Holiday
in Devon, South West England
on Devon’s North Coast and Dartmoor or Exmoor

  • lunches and dinners
  • travel insurance

Lunches and Dinners
These are not included.
Evening meals
These are available at overnight locations, either at your accommodation or in the town/village.
Packed lunches
These can be provided by your accommodation or can be obtained from a local store, or cafe or inn along the route.

Holiday Travel Insurance
We require that you take out holiday insurance as Let’s Go Biking Ltd accepts no liability for the following:
cancellation, personal accident, illness, loss/theft of personal possessions and/or money, and any unforeseen circumstances, especially travel delays.

This is in addition to our existing
booking conditions.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

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Tarka Trail Walking Holiday: How to get there:

  • By Plane to Exeter, Bristol or London where we can arrange transfer to the start of your walk
  • By Car to the start of your walk where parking is available
  • By Train/Bus to Barnstaple

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