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When staying in a b and b exmoor it is worth taking the time for a beautiful walk along the Barle and Exe Valleys. The moderately paced walk is twelve and half miles long but the beautiful, unspoilt valleys are the dominant feature of southern b and b exmoor, and well worth the exertion. The valleys host splendid views form the moorland, and the walk goes through woods, farmland, moorland, riverside and includes three climbs and can be very muddy in b and b exmoor.
Start at the Dulverton-Exford crossing Winsford Hill, following the signs to Tarr Steps. There is a public car park between Liscombe and Tarr Steps. From the car park walk to Tarr Steps Bridge, and turn right to follow the path with the yellow waymarks along riverside to Withypool, passing wire debris trap and the Bailey Bridge. After about three miles, pass the stepping stones below South Hill Farm. Continue to Withypool road, turn left, and in one hundred yards, turn right to follow the path with the red waymarks towards exford and b and b exmoor. After a stiff climb, six stiles and four gates, you will reach the Dulverton-Exford road. Cross the road here and carry on through the gate and towards Room Hill. Follow the hedge on the right, and as the head of the combe appears ahead, veer slightly left to descent the combe on the wide, stony track to River Exe. Turn right to follow the path with yellow waymarks to Nethercote Bridge. Continue straight on along the far road for fifty yards, then fork sharp right uphill, following b and b exmoor hedge on right. At the top of the hill, go through another gate on the right and carry on in the same direction on boundary of grass and bracken. Go through the b and b exmoor next gate and carry straight on where the wide track forks off left downhill. Continue to follow the red waymarks until the path emerges onto the Withypool – Winsford road. Turn left, and follow the road into Winsford. In Winsford you may find opportunity to stop at the village inn, where they serve excellent real ale. Also in Winsford, the church list of vicars starts in 1280, and Ernest Bevin was born opposite the Methodist chapel. After Winsford, turn right and follow the road passing the b and b exmoor Royal Oak. Turn left after one hundred and fifty yard after ‘Karslake’ and follow the path with the yellow waymarks signposted Tarr Steps. Cross the stream at Yellowcombe, and climb again through conifers to the gate leading to the grassland at Summerway. From the disused quarry, continue in the direction of the sign to Tarr Steps, re-joining yellow waymarks in the far corner. In two hundred yards the b and b exmoor path emerges onto open moorland of Draydon Knap. Follow it around the boundary to the left arriving at the Exford – Dulverton road. Cross the road and follow Liscombe road to the cattle grid. Here fork left to follow the path with the yellow waymarks across b and b exmoor Varle Hill and Ashlay side back to Tarr Steps. Tarr Steps is an ancient causeway over the Barle, and it may be prehistoric, but is more likely to be 500-600 years old. Reconstructed many times, it is protected by the wire hawser upstream. The Barle is an excellent sporting river. Trout are seen in b and b exmoor pools at many points. Otters, though rare, have been sighted downstream from South Hill Stepping Stones. Do not confuse otters with the smaller, more plentiful, mink.