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Walking holiday on the UK's
Tarka Trail South

circular walk with optional trip to Lundy

Walking holiday on the Tarka Trail
Walking holiday on the Tarka Trail in Devon The Tarka Trail is a 152 mile figure of eight waymarked walking trail. We have divided the trail into 2 sections and this is the south section.
Suggested Tour Duration:
7 nights, 6 days walking
Total Distance:
68 miles
Min/max daily distance:
10/13 miles
Average Daily distance:
11 miles
Tarka Line train journey
fringe of Dartmoor
South West Coast Path
Online booking available
Barnstaple on self-guided walking holiday on Tarka Trail in Devon
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. Car parking is available for the duration of the walking tour.
Day 2: Barnstaple 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.
North Tawton on self-guided walking holiday on Tarka Trail in Devon
Sticklepath on self-guided walking holiday on Tarka Trail in Devon 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 and Devonshire's Heartland Way.
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.
Self-guided walking holiday on Tarka Trail in Devon
Balaclava Monument, Hatherleigh on self-guided walking holiday on Tarka Trail in Devon 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.
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.
Bideford on self-guided walking holiday on Tarka Trail in Devon
Taw Estuary on self-guided walking holiday on Tarka Trail in Devon 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: Leave after breakfast.
At the end of your UK walking holiday we can transfer you to your car or the train station.

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

The above 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 England or the UK. 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.

Other walks
in Devon




SWCP South Devon


Two Moors Way

Tarka Trail North

Tarka Trail South

Macmillan Way West

Dartmoor Way

Dart Valley Trail

Exe Valley Way

Devonshire Hartland Way

Great Gardens of North Devon

What's included
in your UK walking holiday
on the Tarka Trail
  • 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
Optional Extras
for your UK walking holiday
on the Tarka Trail

Tarka Trail South 8 day itinerary:
6 days walking and 7 nights accommodation
single occ
solo traveller
Book Tarka Trail South walking holiday online now
All prices subject to change
  • 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
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.

What's not included in your
UK walking holiday
on the Tarka Trail

  • train fare from Barnstaple to Eggesford
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.
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How to get there
By Plane to Exeter, Bristol or London where we can arrange transfer to Barnstaple
By Car to Barnstaple where parking is available
By Train to Barnstaple
By bus to Barnstaple
See the north section of the Tarka Trail
Tarka Trail North
or back to the Tarka Trail home page
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What our customers say:
"The booking process was very professional, helpful and easy. The holiday was well organised, lovely accommodation and fab area. I will be recommending you to all friends and family".      Mrs Finlon
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