Lynton, Exmoor National Park

Lynton, Exmoor National Park

Village rising high above Lynmouth offering some of the finest views in the Westcountry

With Lynmouth below and The Valley of Rocks to the west, Lynton is another place that must be visited when in holiday in Exmoor and the Westcountry. The views from the top of the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway are sublime.


Best things to do in Lynton

To help you choose Lynton, we've listed some of the local attractions below.


Beauty spots and views

Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway. The view from the top of the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway is sensational. You look across Lynmouth Bay and Lynmouth Eastern Beach to The Foreland and Foreland Point.

The Valley of Rocks. This Westcountry classic is situated just west of Lynton. There are car parking areas along the valley but we'd recommend walking in on the South West Coast Path from Lynton. Amazing view along the Exmoor and North Devon coastline.


Visitor attractions

Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway. Follow the path that zig-zags down the steep hill from Lynton to Lynmouth. This passes over the cliff railway. At the bottom, take a trip back to where you started in Lynton on the famous cliff railway.


Coastal walking

South West Coast Path west of Lynton to The Valley of Rocks. Follow the South West Coast Path from Lynton around the side of Hollerday Hill to The Valley of Rocks. The coastal path takes you to a roundabout below a very distinctive outcrop called Castle Rock. Walk back up the valley to Lynton. There's a tea garden and restaurant by the exquisitely located cricket pitch in The Valley of Rocks. Consult the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL9 'Exmoor' map for detail.


Inland walking

Follow the Coleridge Way to Watersmeet. There's a stunning valley walk to the National Trust's Watersmeet. Grab a cream tea and wander back.

Walk the Two Moors Way and Tarka Trail to the upper section of Watersmeet and wander back down to the beauty spot. Climb the very steep Two Moors Way from Lynmouth through Lyn Cleave to the upper lip of the valley. Continue until you hit the A39 then wander down to Watersmeet before following the Coleridge Way back to Lynmouth.


Horse riding

Brendon Manor Stables by Lynton (just off B3223 near A39 Watersmeet Road). 1-3 hour treks covering all abilities/experience. Includes trips to Doone Valley/Doone Country. 'Our rides can take people all over the open moorland and down into the valleys and clear streams below. Brendon Manor's location and trekking routes not only takes in the unspoilt ruggedness of Exmoor, but also the natural beauty of the North Devon coastline.'

Exmoor Coast Riding Holidays/Exmoor Riding Centre by Lynton (between the A39 and Woody Bay/the spectacular coast west of Lynton). Rides for all abilities/experience. Includes trips to The Valley of Rocks which is a Westcountry highlight.

Outovercott by Lynton (by the A39 between high moor and the spectacular coast west of Lynton). Treks covering all abilities/experience. Includes 'a scenic coastal ride taking in views of the Valley of Rocks, Lee Abbey and the spectacular Exmoor coastline, with its famous hog's back wooded cliffs'.



Lynmouth BeachesLynmouth Eastern Beach. The River Lyn flows through a beautiful, steep-sided wooded valley from the National Trust's Watersmeet to Lynmouth. At low tide, big and rocky beaches run east and west of the river mouth. Lynmouth Eastern Beach stretches east of the harbour and pier in the direction of The Foreland and Foreland Point. The South West Coast Path runs behind the beach and there's easy beach access from the village. Lynmouth Western Beach. This is the section of the rocky beach running west of the mouth of the River Lyn. The beach is situated in front of Lynmouth Pavilion National Park Centre, Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway and the Esplanade Fish Bar. Great place for fish and chips on the beach. Note that it is sandy at the back of the beach. The South West Coast Path rises steeply above the beach and the Two Moors Way begins/ends at the sculpture on The Esplanade.

Wringcliff Bay Beach. Below Castle Rock at the west end of The Valley of Rocks. A very steep path zig-zags down to the sand and rock beach.

Lee Bay Beach. There's a car parking area above the beach. Note that the famous The Valley of Rocks is just east of Lee Bay.

Woody Bay Beach. Wander down from the car parking areas in the woods/countryside above Woody Bay.

Heddon's Mouth Beach. Rock and pebble. Head down to Heddon's Mouth Beach from The Hunters Inn.


Food and drink

The Cliff Top Cafe in Lynton. At the top of the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway. Cracking spot.


Moorland and Doone Valley

Walk across Exmoor's high moor to Doone Valley. Cross Brendon Common from the car parking areas by the B3223 Simonsbath and Lynmouth Road.


Boat trips

Drop down to Lynmouth and take a boat trip along the coast.


Wooded valleys

Watersmeet. Dartmoor and Exmoor are known for the rivers that rise on high moor and cut stunning valleys. Watersmeet is one of the best in the Westcountry.

Heddon's Mouth Cleave. Another stunning valley leading to Heddon's Mouth Beach. The South West Coast Path east and west of here is sublime.


North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Ilfracombe. A major North Devon destination. Take RIB rides along the Exmoor and North Devon coast. Head out to Lundy Island for a day. See Damien Hirst's sculpture Verity. Spend a day at the superb Tunnels Beaches (admission cost applies).

Woolacombe. Regularly voted the best beach in Britain, visit the vast arc of sand that runs from Woolacombe Sand down to Putsborough Sand. Surf. Go horse riding.