GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Pinkery Pond Walk

3 miles (5.6 km)

This circular walk visits Pinkery Pond in the Barle Valley area of the Exmoor National Park.
You can start the walk from the parking area on the B3358 just south of the pond. Head west along the road and you will soon come to the YHA Pinkery where there is a track leading north to the pond. It's a lovely remote spot popular with wild swimmers in its deep red peat-infused water.
At the pond you can pick up the Tarka Trail and follow the path east to climb to Chains Barrow Hill. There's some nice views over the surrounding moorland to enjoy from this 487m high hill.
The walk then picks up the Macmillan Way West and follows it south past Goat Hill before returning to the road and the car park.
To continue your walking in the area head east into Simonsbath where there are views of the River Barle and a nice pub for refreshments.


TA24 7LL - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Pinkery Pond OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Pinkery Pond Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


Head into nearby Simonsbath and you could enjoy rest and refreshment at the Exmoor Forest Inn. The inn dates back to 1789 and serves high quality dishes. There's also a garden area, decent rooms and a campsite if you'd like to stay in the area.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the west is the village of Challacombe where you will find some pleasant trails, an old mill and a noteworthy stone pub dating to the 16th century. The circular waterside trail around the scenic Wistlandpound Reservoir is also located in this area.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Pinkery Pond - - 5456172

Pinkery Pond

The dam at Pinkery Pond - - 3674977

The dam at Pinkery Pond

The Chains - - 5455508

The Chains

Trig point on Chains Barrow - - 2379165

Trig point on Chains Barrow

Barle Valley - - 330134

Barle Valley

Exmoor, near Pinkery Farm - - 58663

Exmoor: near Pinkery Farm. Pinkery Farm out of shot, left – is now an exploration centre. Ahead is Goat Hill; looking south down the Barle valley

River Barle - - 291961

River Barle near the parking area.

Short Combe Combe - - 330058

Looking down the Barle valley, here called Short Combe Combe, from the private road to Pinkery Farm.

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