TARR STEPS HIKE IN THE
EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK
One of my favorite walks in
Exmoor National Park
is the Tarr Steps Walk, a gentle stroll down to the Tarr Steps, an ancient clapper bridge.
About Exmoor National Park
Exmoor is loosely defined as an area of
hilly open moorland
in west Somerset and north Devon in South West England. It is named after the River Exe, the source of which is situated in the centre of the area, two miles north-west of Simonsbath.
What are the Tarr Steps?
The name ‘Tarr’ is thought to be derived from the Celtic word ‘tochar’, meaning
. At 59yds (54m), Tarr Steps is by far the longest of the 40 or so clapper bridges left in Britain.
Walk through the Bluebell Woods (Tarr Steps Woodlands)
The Barle River flows through thick woodland, oak, beech, ash, sycamore, hazel and blackberry. Leaves were bursting into every colour green you can imagine.
The amazing birdlife and wildlife on Exmoor
I don’t think you can beat the melodic sounds of English birdsong, which today was loud and strong in the woods and hedgerows.
The Old Tarr Farm Inn far from the madding crowd
It’s a tranquil spot. The nearest roundabout and traffic lights are about half an hour away, so don’t expect a mobile phone signal.
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