Exmoor is famous for its stunning walks. From 20-mile hikes to casual strolls, you are guaranteed to find an interesting walk here. The coastal path runs through Lynton and Lynmouth, making it possible to plan an interesting walk of any distance from your doorstep! There are many famous short walks locally, either from Lynton or just a short drive away.
About an hour’s walk takes you through the town, then out along the path pictured (where you may see our local wild goats) with views across to Wales, then back through the famous Valley of Rocks. An interesting variation takes you slightly higher to Hollerday Hill, where after seeing the site of George Newnes mansion you pass through the Iron Age Fort to the summit with great views of the Valley of Rocks.
Another ‘must do’ walk, along the river and back from Lynmouth to the National Trust lodge where the Lyn meets Hoar Oak Water. Excellent food (including cream teas!) Longer circular walks can be planned over Countisbury Hill or Myrtle Berry Cleeve, which gives the best views back towards Lynton and Lynmouth.
HUNTERS INN TO HEDDONS MOUTH
Walk or drive to the National Trust property at Hunter’s Inn, then the very popular walk along the river to the sea at Heddon’s Mouth. Although it is possible to walk to Hunter’s Inn and back in a day from Lynton, many people like to get the bus to Parracombe and walk back via Heddon’s Mouth.
THE DOONE VALLEY
A short drive or catch the bus through Lynmouth to County Gate, then plan a route around the beautiful Doone Valley footpaths. Also possible to walk back from County Gate along the Coastal Path.
Drive to the network of paths that lead from the National Trust property at Selworthy . . . woodland walks, the coastal path, and magnificent views from Selworthy Beacon, incorporating the highly recommended Periwinkle Cottage tea rooms! It is also possible to walk to Selworthy from Bossington, which has an interesting beach and a nice circular walk to Porlock Weir.
A 30-minute drive to Withypool, where the circular walk begins. Along the river to the famous beauty spot of Tarr Steps, then back across moorland to Withypool. About 8 miles.
COMBE MARTIN TO LYNTON
A popular section of the Coastal Path. Take a bus or taxi to Combe Martin and back through Hunters Inn (an ideal lunch stop, just past half-way), Woody Bay and the Valley of Rocks. This is a 14-mile walk, taking all day – between 6-8 hours, but is well worth it.