Great Torrington Common - Tarka Trail - Frithelstock Circular

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Great Torrington Common - Tarka Trail - Monkleigh - Frithelstock - Priestacott - Watergate Bridge Circular

Great Torrington is a busy market town and interesting through its history of involvement in the English Civil War and the Battle of Torrington in 1646. The Great Torrington and Castle Hill Commons are wonderful open spaces with great walks and marvellous views of the Torridge Valley, which is of course, Tarka Country. This walk takes you from the commons down to the Tarka Trail, then up through the quiet Devon villages of Monkleigh and Frithelstock, each with their pub which you can visit if you wish. You return to Torrington along the mineral line section of the Tarka Trail which goes beyond Torrington towards Petrockstowe.

England - South West England - Devon - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Castle, Church, Flowers, Food Shop, Great Views, Museum, Pub, Public Transport, River, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
5/22/2014 - David Fairchild

Thank-you John, I'm glad you enjoyed the walk. The diversion you mention along the new Rolle Canal was not there when I set the walk so thanks for pointing it out, sounds good, I will have to go back & try it myself soon. David Fairchild

5/20/2014 - John Middleton

We did this enjoyable walk in May 2014. The first part is along a tarmaced path (old railway line)which is also used extensively by cyclists. After waypoint 3 you can take a short and interesting diversion along the old Rolle Canal which has been cut into the hillside above the River Torridge. After Waypoint 3 look out for a bike rack with an information board on the right hand side of the trail. Turn left through a gate after leaving the trail and walk along the old canal. The detour rejoins the main trail before waypoint 4.

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