Tarka Trail



  • Author: northdd
  • Created: 11th March 2018
  • Updated: 31st July 2018
Route type: Circular Routes
Difficulty grade: intermediate

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 5 km
  • Time 1 h 16 min
  • Speed 4 km/h
  • Min altitude 56 m
  • Peak 122 m
  • Climb 136 m
  • Descent 136 m

Photo: ©Kevin New


Location: Dolton
OS map: 127 South Molton & Chumleigh
Length: 5.5km / 3.4miles
Length of Tarka Trail section: 1.25km / 0.8miles
Time: 2 hours
Sat nav postcode: EX19 8QF


  • Close up views of the river Torridge
  • Hide by the river where you have the chance of seeing otters, kingfishers and salmon jumping
  • Broad leaved woodland


This walk takes you down quiet country lanes, around the beautiful Halsdon nature reserve, along the river Torridge and over the fields around Dolton, a small village located between Beaford, Winkleigh and Merton. It has three pubs, a thirteenth century church and a village shop.

Halsdon Nature Reserve covers an extensive area of flood plain pasture and valley-side woodland alongside a 2.6 km stretch of the River Torridge.

The Route

Walking conditions vary from tarmac country lanes, well maintained paths through Halsdon and open grassy fields.

The walk starts at The Royal Oak in the centre of Dolton and follows the Tarka Trail along West Lane until the crossroads.

Cross the stream on the stone bridge and follow the path into the Devon Wildlife Trust’s Halsdon Nature Reserve. Follow the river along the well maintained white band path until you come out by Halsdon house.

Once you have walked up the lane to the road, turn right and head down until you see a footpath sign on your left. This will take you to Iddlecott and then back to The Royal Oak.


Altitude: 120 m
Address: The Royal Oak, The Square, Dolton Devon EX19 8QF


Altitude: 120 m
Address: The Royal Oak, The Square, Dolton Devon EX19 8QF