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Withypool river walk - Exmoor ( 1.5 miles easy)
Withypool is north west of Dulverton and about 1 mile west of the B3223. TA24 7QP
- Map - Outdoor Leisure 9 Exmoor
- Distance - About 1.5 miles
- Stiles - None on the west side of river - other side not walked
- Date walked - 10/4/05
A circular walk starting from the public car park near to the road bridge over the River Barle in the village of Withypool (grid reference SS 8444 3539). Hamish did part of this walk when he was recuperating from his first cruciate ligament operation. This walk crosses the River Barle via stepping-stones which maybe under water in the wetter months of the year so is probably only suitable for summer walking (they were covered when we walked). To make a longer route this walk can be combined with the Withypool walk after passing the pub.
LEAVE car park and TURN RIGHT on minor road past Hawthorne Bungalows. Ignore right hand road to Sandyway and South Moulton. Continue on road uphill to pass village hall on your left. A short distance further on TURN LEFT through 5 bar wooden gate onto metalled lane. The gatepost was marked with a blue square indicating a bridleway - gate also marked to show dogs should be kept on leads.
Follow the drive downhill to reach South Hill house through another 5 bar gate (which was open when we walked). Pass between house and outbuildings then through another 5 bar gate and downhill to river. Cross river via stepping-stones IF SAFE TO DO SO (SS 8507 3506). Hamish did not complete this walk with his people because the river was too high and had to re-trace his steps.
After crossing river TURN LEFT onto footpath beside river bank (marked on map as Two Moors Way) then follow it through to metalled lane. TURN LEFT downhill on lane to Withypool passing pub and church. (Turn right on lane immediately after passing pub if you want to extend your route to do the Withypool walk - see separate walking instructions in the walks directory - as well). Cross river via road bridge then through gate beside cattle grid to reach car park.
Please give us feedback on the east side of the river if you walk this route when safe to use the stepping stones.
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