Best Exmoor Walks, Lynmouth, Exmoor National Park

Best Exmoor Walks, Lynmouth, Exmoor National Park

If you're on holiday in Exmoor, make sure you walk its moor, coast, wooded valleys and rolling countryside.

The most obvious place to start is its highest point at Dunkery Beacon. It's an easy ascent from the small car parking areas by the road that cuts across Dunkery Hill near Wheddon Cross. The views from this area are sensational.

 

Other moorland walks in Exmoor National Park

Doone Valley. Walking to Doone Valley across Brendon Common from the car parking areas by the B3223 Simonsbath and Lynmouth Road.

 

Coastal walks moving east to west

Dunster to Minehead return on West Somerset Railway. From Dunster, wander down to Dunster Beach. Follow the England Coast Path west to Minehead. Catch the West Somerset Railway back to Dunster.

Porlock Bay circular walk. Start at Porlock. Walk down to the South West Coast Path and follow it west to Porlock Beach and Porlock Weir. Wander back to Porlock on the Coleridge Way.

Foreland Point circular walk. There's a car parking area by the A39 just east of Countisbury and The Blue Ball Inn. A path runs west and connects with the South West Coast Path. Walk the coast path to The Foreland and then the woods that cover the cliffs. Follow the South West Coast Path for about a mile and you come to a path that climbs back over Countisbury Common to where you started. The path is clearly marked on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL9 Exmoor map.

The Valley of Rocks circular walk. A Westcountry classic. Start from the car parking area at The Valley of Rocks. Wander up to the South West Coast Path. Follow this west and then walk back up the road to your starting point. Alternatively, start from Lynmouth/Lynton and walk the South West Coast Path west. Walk back up the road and return on one of the paths that cross Hollerday Hill to Lynton/Lynmouth. Again, these paths are clearly marked on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL9 Exmoor map.

Martinhoe and Heddon's Mouth circular walk. Amazing coastal walk. Start from the car parking area at Woody Bay. Follow the South West Coast Path along the side of huge cliffs to the rocks above Heddon's Mouth and Heddon's Mouth Beach. Yomp the steep track to the upper path that takes you past The Beacon Roman Fortlet back to the car parking area at Woody bay.

The Hunters Inn to Heddon's Mouth. Start at The Hunters Inn. Follow the path along the River Heddon in Heddon's Mouth Cleave to Heddon's Mouth Beach. Return.

Trentishoe Heddon's Mouth Cleave circular walk. Start at one of the car parking areas on Trentishoe Down. Drop down to the South West Coast Path and follow it east to the Peter Rock area above Heddon's Mouth. The views on that section of the South West Coast Path are immense. Continue on the South West Coast Path to the bottom of Heddon's Mouth Cleave before walking to The Hunters Inn. Walk the skinny road west and then take the path through Black Cleave to the foot of Trentishoe Down. It's then a slog up the moor to where you started.

Great Hangman walk. From one of those car parking areas on Trentishoe Down, follow the South West Coast Path west to the cairn on Great Hangman. Return on the same route. The yomp up/down Sherrycombe gets the leg muscles working.

See our listing for SWCP/South West Coast Path Walking.

 

Wooded valley and riverside walks

Watersmeet. Start from one of the car parking areas along the A39 that runs above Watersmeet. Drop down to the National Trust property, enjoy a cream tea and return.

Tarr Steps. Start from the car parking area above Tarr Steps. Walk down to the famous clapper bridge.

Dulverton to Tarr Steps and back. Walk the Exe Valley Way and Two Moors Way between Dulverton and Tarr Steps. Return on the same route.

Dunster Estate tallest tree in England walk. Head for the car parking area south west of Dunster at Hats Wood as marked on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL9 Exmoor map. Follow the signposts to see the tallest tree in England!

 

Long distance trails within Exmoor National Park include

South West Coast Path. See our listing for SWCP/South West Coast Path Walking.

Coleridge Way. Runs between Lynmouth Pavilion National Park Centre on Exmoor and Coleridge Cottage on the edge of the Quantock Hills AONB:

Two Moors Way. Walk the Two Moors Way from Lynmouth to the south border of Exmoor National Park.

Exe Valley Way. Follows the Exe Valley/River Exe from Exford in Exmoor National Park down to Starcross on the Exe Estuary across the water from Exmouth. The Exe Valley Way is over 50 miles long. Note that there's an extra section of path that takes you to Exe Head on remote high moorland. This extra section is about 12 miles long.

Macmillan Way West. Over a 100 miles of long distance walking path between Barnstaple in North Devon and Castle Cary in Somerset.

Tarka Trail. Huge figure of eight multi-use trail connecting Exmoor and North Devon with Dartmoor.