Tarr Steps

Hi Everyone. This is my blog on my visit to Tarr Steps!

Tarr Steps is an ancient clapper bridge located within Exmoor National Park. A clapper bridge is a bridge made out of stones piled on top of one another with large flat slabs of stone placed on top the pile of stones without cement or mortar. Most clapper bridges were built during the medieval times, however, some of them age more. Tarr Steps has been built over the River Barle. It is the longest clapper bridge in Britain measuring 55 metres in length.

Tarr Steps is a popular place to visit all year round to the public and is a beautiful part of the country. It is thought to have been a tourist attraction for at least 200 years.

Tarr Steps is located near Withypool, a few miles from Dulverton. The postcode which I used to get to Tarr Steps designated car park is – TA22 9QA. There are toilets available at this car park which is always a good thing to know! When I arrived the car park was large with plenty of space to park.

There are many different routes which you can walk when you visit Tarr Steps. I went there in May 2019 and I followed part of the ‘Circular Walk’ I believe. If I was doing the now I would track it on my phone and take photos along the way for the blog and share with you all, however, I didn’t know then what I would be doing now. When I got back soon hopefully I will track everything and write another post.

So, from what I remember I walked along the bridge and I think I went straight ahead. There is also a route to the right which runs alongside the River Barle. I don’t think I took this route, it does look great and very scenic this way. So, below are my photos which I took from this walk, this may help you guys out if you do go or possibly they may not help at all!

I came across this sign whilst walking which was for ‘Two Moors Way’. I kept following this route for a little while and then I did retrace my tracks back the way I came as I didn’t know the route well enough to carry on the whole way.

I came across these trees which had coins wedged into them! I often see trees which have fallen or been cut down like this. There are often English, Euro and American coins in them. People like to leave them behind as a mark they have been there. A little like the padlocks in Paris.

Hope the snaps give you a rough idea of what to expect when visiting Tarr Steps. If you do go before I do, let me know how you got on!

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