The Tarka Trail, is 180 miles long, and follows in the footsteps of the character Tarka the Otter from Henry Williamson’s famous novel and passes through North Tawton. Highlights of the trail include the footbridge over Bailey’s Ford which allows close up views of the river Taw, walking along the river bank on the Tarka Trail for over a mile.
Walking conditions vary from tarmac, country lanes, muddy footpaths and grassy fields. Appropriate footwear is essential for this walk due to muddy sections after rain.
The official website of the Tarka Trail Route has extensive information on how to plan a visit to walk this beautiful trail.