Best Barnstaple Walks

1 hour walks
Select Your WalkWalk 1 (1.6 miles)Walk 2 (1.7 miles)Walk 3 (2.6 miles)
    Barnstaple Heritage Trail   River Walk   River & Barnstaple

During the Middle Ages Barnstaple became a thriving exporter of wool and importer of wine and tobacco.

The annual Barnstaple Fair Ceremony is taking place on the 3rd Wednesday in September.

These walks are intended to capture its historic charm.

parkingPay & Display Car Park at Barnstaple
addressSATNAV Holland Street
Postcode:EX31 1DT
Point of InterestWhat to explore?
  • Queen Anne's Walk
  • Barnstaple Heritage CentreĀ 
  • Pannier Market
  • Butchers Row, Paternoster Row
  • Muddiford Inn
  • Royal Exchange
  • many other pubs
'Queen Anne's Walk'
Barnstaple Heritage Centre & Statue of Queen Anne

Walk 1   Barnstaple Heritage Trail (1.6 miles)


This delightful and easy walk explores its key attractions.

Barnstaple can be traced back to the Romans who may have given it its name (Barum).

The Walk

A Building of 'Queen Anne's Walk', now a Heritage Centre, is well worth a visit when open! Merchants used to conduct their business between the columns.

B Albert Memorial Clock Tower built in 1862 , a year after Prince Albert died.

C Rock Park named after William Frederick Rock a wealthy printer and benefactor.

D The Inn on the Square (Victorian)

E Butchers Row & Pannier Market .based on the Victorian idea of having butchers on one side of the road, and a place for marketers with baskets (panniers) on the other.

F South Gate on High Street

G Castle Green & Castle Mount - not much remains of the motte and bailey castle dating back to William the Conqueror.

Walk 2  River Walk (1.7 miles)


River Taw
River Taw

An easy and most enjoyable walk along the river Taw following public footpaths and cycleways.

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Walk 2

Walk 3  River & Barnstaple (2.6 miles)


This delightful and easy walk combines walks 1 & 2 ; it follows the river Taw and explores Barnstaples historic sites.



 Walks near Barnstaple
A popular walk to this famous village with its cobbled, traffic-free street so steep that sledges are used to transport goods up and down the hill.
Enjoy short and easy walks along a dramatic coastline.
 Combe Martin
Exploring the highest point of the South West Coast Path.
Find out about Bideford's exciting past by following our Town Trail and enjoy a pub walk to Appledore.
 Arlington Court
Exploring a scenic countryside
Great walks hrough a landscape designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Walk 3