Landacre Bridge from Withypool
This circular walk takes you from the little village of Withypool to the medieval Landacre Bridge on Exmoor. It uses a section of the long distance Two Moors Way footpath to reach the picturesque scheduled ancient monument which spans the River Barle. Along the way there's lovely views across the National Park with lots of Exmoor Ponies to look out for too.
The walk starts in the centre of the village where car parking is available. From here you can pick up a public footpath along the Two Moors Way, heading north west from the village. Follow the path for about a quarter of a mile to Kitridge Lane, where you turn left.
The trail then follows the country lane for just over a mile until you reach Landacre Lane on the left.
The lane will take you to the stone bridge with its distinctive five arches. It dates from the late medieval period and is Grade II listed. There's lovely views down the river to the moors in all both directions.
Shortly after crossing the bridge, you can pick up a footpath on the left. This will take you through the countryside to Brightworthy where you can follow a nice riverside footpath along the Barle back into Withypool.
To extend your walking in the Withypool area you can follow the river south along the Two Moors Way to Tarr Steps. Here you will find a medieval clapper bridge set in a beautiful riverside nature reserve. The Withypool to Tarr Steps Circular Walk uses a section of the Two Moors Way to visit the steps.
The Exe Valley Way also passes through the village. You could follow it north to Exford and enjoy views of the River Exe.
Landacre Bridge from Withypool Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Landacre Bridge from Withypool Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Landacre Bridge from Withypool OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Landacre Bridge from Withypool Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Tarr Steps Farm is a popular choice for walkers looking to refresh themselves after their exercise. The 16th-century riverside inn is located near Liscombe at postcode TA22 9PY. There's outdoor seating with lovely views and a great menu.
In Withypool you could try the Withypool Tea Rooms. The delightful tea rooms are can be found in the centre of the village, opposite the local olde worlde Shop and yards from the stone Bridge that spans the River Barle. They have an outdoor seating area where you can relax and enjoy a cream tea if the weather is fine. You can find the cafe at postcode TA24 7QP for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
The Exford Walk takes you from the pretty village to nearby Winsford along the River Exe. There's also a climb to Bye Hill for some fine views over Exmoor. You can pick up the walk just a couple of miles north of Withypool in Exford.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Exmoor Walks page.