Tarr Steps

tarr steps

Bridge repaired-June 2023!

Please note  that following the damage to Tarr Steps caused n the January 2023 floods, Somerset County Council have now done the necessary work and we are pleased to report that the Tarr Steps footbridge is fully open.

Visiting Tarr Steps

Whether you are an experienced walker or someone who prefers a short stroll, Tarr Steps is a great place to go when looking to explore Exmoor National Park. You can head straight there, utilising the on site car park and toilet facilities, with just a gentle walk down to the ancient clapper bridge. The beautiful wooded valley of the River Barle is also worth exploring for its wildlife, as is the heathland of Winsford Hill and its wild ponies in the surrounding countryside. For a short circular walk from the bridge just follow the orange way marks. There is also a more challenging circular walk from Dulverton to Tarr Steps.

Getting to Tarr Steps by car

Please note there is no parking on the south side of the river at Tarr Steps. Ignore your Sat-Nav and approach from the Winsford Hill side (the B3223 between Dulverton and Exford) from which Tarr Steps is well signposted. Please park in the car park, there is a short walk of about 500 metres (about a third of a mile) from here to Tarr Steps. All fees raised from this car park go to CareMoor for Exmoor and help to fund the facilities here as well as conservation and access projects across the National Park.
A limited number of disabled parking spaces are available for blue badge holders closer to Tarr Steps. Please continue down the road just beyond the Tarr Farm Inn.

More than just the bridge

Listen to our Woodland Expert Graeme talking about Tarr Steps and the important woodland that surrounds it .