Tarr Steps

Tarr Steps, Exmoor National Park: Address, Tarr Steps Reviews: 4.5/5

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Wanderlust Hols
Weston super Mare, UK348 contributions
Family
Located between Withypool and Dulverton and found at the end of a narrow country lane, there is a large 'pay and display' car park a short walk from Tarr Steps. Here you will also find information boards and toilets.

The ancient clapper bridge and Scheduled Ancient Monument, Tarr Steps crosses the pretty River Barle. While the steps themselves are impressive and very fun to cross, the experience is over rather quickly. After a few photographs we picked up the circular walking route through Tarr Steps Woods, following the river as we went.

Considering it was April (2021) Tarr Steps wasn't particularly busy the day we visited. We very much enjoyed our walk and decided to extend it by walking best part of the way to Withypool and crossing the river, instead of using the footbridge. Crossing the River Barle was lots of fun (my daughter and I had our aqua shoes with us) but it was freezing cold and a lot deeper in the middle than it looked! We always choose the more adventurous option though, if we can.

After walking back along varied terrain on the other side of the river, we were able to take more photographs at a now quite empty Tarr Steps! Once we returned to our in-progress campervan we pulled out the chairs, table, stove and kettle and enjoyed a brew and a spot of late lunch with the wonderful local wildlife.

Highly recommended day out. Such a beautiful part of Somerset.
Written April 28, 2022
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Marc D
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Family
Really beautiful area great for a family outing, I would advise bringing a picnic there is a pub nearby but no food our children would eat and quite expensive for lunch/snacks.

During our visit there were quite afew vehicles that drove through the lake whilst kids were in playing so be aware of this. Bring suitable water footwear as barefoot is quite painful going across the rocks in the water.

Parking in the car park costs £3 for the day which is reasonable, there were two stands by the lake one selling ice creams and the other selling tea, coffee, cakes, beer & cider.

Definitely worth a visit can easily spend most of the day here, hopefully we will get the chance to visit again when in the area.
Written August 19, 2020
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alison w
Cheltenham, UK6 contributions
We stayed at Tarr steps and booked 8 rooms and nothing was to much trouble they catering firstly in the rooms for traveling four legged guest with all the extra's including biscuits. The rooms had all that you would need and freshly made biscuits and ground coffee. The dining experience was perfect for our party of 10 in a private dining room with lounge area. The chefs & kitchen team are just brilliant I have not eaten so well across 5 meals, the quality of the ingredients taste and presentation surpassed all expectation and I work in the industry and are hard to please. The service was delivered at the point of booking, arrival, through each day until we departed with customer care and satisfaction 100%. Thank you to all the team.
Written February 21, 2020
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ferdiwallace1
Devon, UK30 contributions
We visited the area several times during the Covid-19 restrictions. There was a one way system in place which started at Tarr Steps on the Hawkridge side of the river followed the river through the woods until you arrived at the next bridge, crossed the bridge and went back to Tarr Steps through the woods on the Tarr Farm side. A lovely walk through the woods and along the river unfortunately some areas spoilt by inconsiderate dog walkers who left their full dog poo bags littering the pathways, why could they not dispose of them in the dog poo bins provided at the car park? also some 'Covidiots' who ignored the one way system. The weather was very sunny and warm so many people with children playing in the river especially around the steps and further up the river. Unfortunately with the restrictions in place the restaurant at Tarr Farm was closed.
Written May 26, 2020
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Hillary S
Wigan, UK201 contributions
The Tarr Steps is a clapper bridge across the River Barle in the Exmoor National Park, Somerset.
It is a typical clapper bridge construction, the bridge's listing assesses it as medieval in origin. The stone slabs weigh up to two tons each. The bridge is 180 feet (55 m) long and has 17 spans.
It is so amazing that such an old hand-built bridge can have lasted through the centuries and still serves today to allow people to cross the river.
Written June 18, 2022
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sedwards552016
Croydon, UK32 contributions
Beautiful area to discover with riverside and circular walks available. Ideal for walkers and dog owners. We did the circular walk to Withypool and back which included the river, farmland, woods and the village itself.
Car park is at the Tarr Steps and was £3 for all day. Thoroughly enjoyed.
Written September 8, 2021
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Terry W
Bracknell, UK1,350 contributions
Just wow. What a lovely find and only £3 to park as long as you like in the car park, day rate, not longer.
A gentle drive down some narrow roads leas you to the car park, the it’s a 500m walk down to the river and the first steps over it. There is a lovely circular walk along the babbling river to a bridge where you start your return. There are further walks away from the river, but we did not have time, this time.
It’s so beautifully clear and we saw some crayfish in the water.
Written October 18, 2021
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LeicestershireDex
Broughton Astley, UK189 contributions
Vistied this finally when in the area - we didnt go last time we were here. Glad we did as had a really enjoyable walk and the steps are amazing. As eveyone has said - its a clapper bridge and VERY old! There are numerous walks you can do. Our dog enjoyed himself and as he is 14 we only did the circular walk which was about 2+ miles ish. Make sure you wear sturdy shoes and not flip flops as we saw folks trying to manoeuvre around the terrain! Its not a difficult walk. There are a few ups and down along the way but most folks with an average level of fitness would manage. The water is crystal clear. We didnt see any Kingfishers but other folks said they had seen some. The Inn at the bottom does lovely food and on a nice day would have been perfect to sit outside and admire the view. Although it was Summer it had been raining and the paths were a little muddy and wet we had a great time. Well worth a visit if you are in the area. I followed the Sat Nav directions another reviewer had posted from Dulverton and had no problem with access.
Written July 10, 2021
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jchristina41
Rugeley, UK67 contributions
Couples
Lovely walk and scenery. Not advisable for families with pushchairs as ground / turrain is uneven. Plenty picture moments, opportunity to swim in the river, cafe nearby where you can buy food and drink, access to a large grassed area ideal for family picnics and swimming.
Written August 12, 2020
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jasjam98
Reading, UK639 contributions
Family
Drove here via amazing norrow roads . The 20% gradient was a bit hairy but luckily did come across a car coming the other way . The river crossing was far to deep for a normal car .
Great one way circular walk - ensuring social distancing . Takes about 1 hour .
The water was freezing but we managing a paddle .
There is a small trailer cafe serving hot , cold drinks and very tasty scones .
Fantastic day out !!
Written September 4, 2020
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