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Walk 1860 - The River Barle and Withypool from Tarr Steps


Nat Park   Exmoor
County/Area   Somerset
AuthorLou Johnson
Length7.5 miles / 12.2 km
Ascent1500 feet / 455 metres
StartOS grid reference SS872323
Lat 51.0783731226748 + Long -3.61207579129032
Postcode TA22 9QA (approx. location only)

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Continue to follow the path along the north side of the brook, after 1000 yards arriving at a lily pond on the outskirts of South Croxton (locally pronounced 'Crowston' as in 'Crow'). Walk round the south and west sides of the brook to come out onto an unsurfaced lane by a horse paddock (Kings' Lane). Go left here and continue down to the end of the lane where it comes out onto a public road by the Golden Fleece. At the Golden Fleece, turn left down the road, continuing for 120 yards until you reach a footpath on the left, between private houses. Cross a small field attached to a private house, then cross the Queniborough brook. Cross four more fields, now walking in a southerly direction, then walk through New Covert. Cross one more field to come out onto a farm road by Waterloo Lodge Farm. Turn left here and follow the signposted public bridleway across parkland with distant views of Baggrave Hall down the hill.

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At a bend in the road continue straight on down the bridleway. Inkerman Lodge, at the western edge of yet another small spinney, boasts the remains of a once-splendid Victorian railway carriage. Its origins are immediately apparent but it is surely now beyond proud restoration. At the far side of the spinney cross the minor road and follow the footpath leading east across fields and down to a narrow combe. At the other side of the combe cross two more fields, now walking in a south easterly direction to come out onto the very minor gated road at the top of Skeg Hill between Lowesby and Cold Newton. The start of the walk at Lowesby is about 1000 yards down Skeg Hill and on the other side of the Queniborough Brook.

Pubs: The Golden Fleece, South Croxton which welcomes walkers. Has a new beer garden and roaring fires. No pub in Lowesby.

This walk offers a relatively easy introduction to the delights of the White Peak and includes some well-known highlights of the area. The start is the small car park in the village of Alstonefield (grid ref. SK130556). There are other options for parking within the village but do be considerate when parking to reduce inconvenience to residents.

After parking turn right out of the car park and walk into the centre of the village. Take the lane leading past the church, which is on your right. A short way past the church take the signed footpath to Milldale on the right of the lane. This leads across fields to descend steeply to a lane in Milldale (grid ref. SK138548). Turn right and then left at the first junction. This leads you to the centre of Milldale and the picturesque bridge over the River Dove.

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OS Explorer1:25,000Sheet OL9
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