Tarka Trail Walking Holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Quaker Burial Ground at Sticklepath
on Tarka Trail Walking Holiday with Lets Go Walking

Tarka Trail Walking Holiday
on the South Loop
in Devon and Darmoor, South West England
in 8 Days, 7 nights and 6 days walking
Day by Day Itinerary

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

Tarka Trail Walking Holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Tarka Trail Walking Holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Tarka Trail Walking Holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

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Tarka Trail Walking Holiday
on the South Loop
with a train trip on the Tarka Line Railway
(With optional trip to Lundy Island)
Moorland  and Coastal Walking Holiday on Devon’s North Coast and Dartmoor in Devon, South West England
a circular walk
via Dartmoor, the River Taw, Okehampton Bideford and
Barnstaple

Walk The Tarka Trail walking holdiay via Dartmoor, the River Taw, Barnstaple, Eggesford, North Tawton, Okehampton, Bideford 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 South makes a varied and interesting hiking tour. The Tarka Trail South passes through some of North Devon’s most charming landscape full of wildlife and stunning scenery.

The Tarka Trail walking holiday South is a 68 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 favourites walks because of the contrasts offered by a hike on this route.

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
South Loop, circular from Barnstaple
Suggested Tour Duration
:
7 nights, 6 days walking
Total Distance:
68 miles/109 kms
Min/max daily distance:
10/13 miles
Average Daily distance:
11 miles
Grading:
Easy
Features:
Dartmoor
Dartmoor Ponies
River Taw
Museum of Dartmoor Life, Okehampton
North Tawton Parish Church
Belstone
Finch Foundry, Sticklepath
The Tarka Line Railway
This route connects with:
South West Coast Path
Macmillan Way West
Dartmoor Way

 Tarka Trail Walking Holiday
on the South Loop
Coastal and Moorland Walking Holiday
on Devon’s North Coast and Dartmoor
in Devon, South West England

with a train trip on the Tarka Line Railway
(With optional trip to Lundy Island)
7 nights and 6 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.  At Barnstaple the Tarka Trail South connects with the South West Coast Path and the Macmillan Way West.

Tarka Trail Walking Holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Tarka Trail Walking Holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Day 2: Barnstaple to Eggesford to North Tawton    18 miles by train, 11 miles walk    easy
You start your holiday by taking the Tarka Line train from Barnstaple to Eggesford for a great trip along the River Taw. You then head through rolling farmland, small copses and hamlets to North Tawton, a town once famous for wool, with a fine church and clock tower.

Day 3: North Tawton to Okehampton        12 miles   easy
Walking on from North Tawton the route follows the River Taw for a short distance and crosses The Dartmoor Railway steam railway. The small hamlet of South Tawton has a fine church and pub. The Tarka Trail enters The Dartmoor National Park at Sticklepath, where there is the National Trust Property of Finch Foundry and a fine country pub. The walk from Sticklepath to Okehampton via the hamlet of Belstone in Dartmoor is one of Dartmoor’s hidden gems and favourite of many of our staff. Here the trail intersects with the Dartmoor Way.

Tarka Trail Walking Holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Tarka Trail Walking Holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Day 4: Okehampton to Hatherleigh        10 miles   easy
Okehampton is known as the gateway to Dartmoor and has plenty to offer the traveller with many fine old pubs, a steam railway and fine park. This is the landscape that has made Dartmoor popular for walking holidays. The trail heads away from Dartmoor to the hamlet of Jacobstowe and on to Hatherleigh, a small town full of history Devon tradition. Hatherleigh has a good selection of pubs and offers fine views of Dartmoor.

Day 5: Hatherleigh to Dolton      9 miles    easy
Walking on from Hatherleigh the hiking trail passes the Balaclava Monument offering fine views back to Dartmoor. Walking on past the village of Iddesleigh and The Duke of York an olde Devon pub a favourite with our staff and offering a great range of food . The trail passes through rolling countryside and small hamlets to the Dolton area for your overnight stay.

Tarka Trail Walking Holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Tarka Trail Walking Holiday in UK with Lets Go Walking

Day 6: Dolton to Bideford     16 miles    easy
Walking on from Dolton the hiking trail soon joins the path of a former railway. This part of the Tarka Trail follows the course of the River Torridge and is an easy gentle downward hike. The town of Bideford has much to offer the walker with pubs, shops, and a fine bridge. There is also the possibility to stay an extra night and visit the Island of Lundy, a great trip.

Optional Day in Bideford 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 approximatley 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: Bideford to Barnstaple     10 miles    easy

Walking on from Bideford the hiking trail rejoins the path of a former railway. The River Torridge is now wide and tidal and at Instow there is a nice beach, a great place to paddle or build a sand castle. The Tarka Trail now follows the South West Coast Path. This is gentle walking with fine views of the estuary. The whole area is full of wildlife and is a haven for bird life. The walking holiday ends in Barnstaple.

Day 8: Depart after breakfast
Depart after breakfast or extend your holiday walking and spend some time exploring the Barnstaple area and Devon’s North Coast.
We can transfer you to your car or station.
Continue on the Tarka Trail North

Tarka Trail Walking Holiday
South Loop circular from Barnstaple
via Dartmoor and Devon’s North Coast
8 day itinerary
6 days walking and 7 nights

Suggested Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive at Barnstaple
Day 2: Barnstaple to Eggesford by train,
              then walk to North Tawton       11 miles
Day 3: North Tawton to Okehampton   12 miles
Day 4: Okehampton to Hatherleigh       10 miles
Day 5: Hatherleigh to Dolton                   9 miles
Day 6: Dolton to Bideford                       16 miles
Optional Day in Bideford to visit Lundy Island
Day 7: Bideford to Barnstaple                10 miles
Day 8: Depart after breakfast

£665pp
dbl/twin

£938pp
single occ

£1,008pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

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

Optional Accommodation Upgrades for
Tarka Trail
Walking Holiday
South 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

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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