The River Barle
Canoeing is allowed downstream of Tarr Steps between 15th October and 31st March when water levels are high enough. In order to minimise potential disturbance to breeding fish, canoeing is not permitted above Tarr Steps or in any of the tributaries of the main river as many are delicate spawning areas.
The Barle is a grade 2-3 river. This means it is not suitable for beginners and inexperienced paddlers should be accompanied by a suitably qualified coach. Canoeing is an assumed risk sport carried out entirely at peoples own risk and Landowners will accept no liability for accidents. See the Barle Canoe Code for further information
Woody Bay Near Lynton – EX31 4QX
The rocky cove is perfect for outdoor swimming, backed by steep, wooded cliffs, the walk to the beach is as much of a delight as the cove itself.
Cow Castle, River Barle, Minehead TA24 7LA
Deepish, smallish pool (10m x 20m x 1.5m deep) in the babbling river Barle in wild scenery beneath the ancient hill fort ‘Cow Castle’. Long walk from the car.