Bishops Tawton is situated to the east of the A377, approximately half a kilometer south of Bishops Tawton Cross on the North Devon Link Road and approximately 1 kilometer south of Barnstaple.
The landscape is dominated by Codden Hill to the south east and by the wide valley of the River Taw to the west. Whitemoor Hill and the rising land to the north east of the village are dissected by Venn Stream, which flows westwards from Landkey through the village to join the River Taw.
Codden Hill forms the western end of a distinctive series of ‘whale backed’ limestone and chert ridges, which are uncharacteristic of the surrounding types in North Devon and are protected as an Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV).
Although Bishops Tawton is not within a protected landscape designation, the surrounding landscape is considered to be attractive countryside. The village is prominent from the main road and from parts of Tawstock on the opposite side of the valley.
There are no sites of national nature conservation importance around the village although there are two County Wildlife Sites. Codden Hill to the south-east includes lowland dry heath and dense bracken, whilst Bishops Tawton Saltmarsh on the eastern side of the River Taw to the north of the village includes saltmarsh and semi improved grassland. There is also a Regionally Important Geological and Geomorphological Site (RIGS) at the western end of Codden Hill.
The village centre of Bishops Tawton retains much of its historic pattern and character. A Conservation Area has been designated for the southern half of the village and includes the Grade I listed Church of St John the Baptist.