Local Walks

 

Valley of Rocks & North Walk

 

Turn left out of the front gate and walk along the road into the Valley of Rocks. Admire the wild goats, the Exmoor ponies and the spectacular and rugged scenery. Some people like to climb Castle Rock to admire the views from the top. Head back along the coast path into Lynton via North Walk. You will pass over the cliff railway and be able to catch glimpses of Lynmouth down below through the trees. On reaching the town, turn right up the hill and walk past the Town Hall, continuing along the road until you reach Longmead House. (About 1 hour walking time)

 

 

Watersmeet

 

This waterfalls walk, takes you along the river and back from Lynmouth to the National Trust lodge where the East Lyn River meets Hoar Oak Water. Wholesome food (including real Devon cream teas!) is available from here; also longer circular walks can be planned over Countisbury Hill and Summerhouse Hill via Lynbridge, which give fantastic views back towards Lynton and Lynmouth harbour. (About 2 hours walking or longer if taking in alternative routes)

 

 

Woody Bay to Hunters Inn

 

Drive through the Valley of Rocks and past Lee Bay, along the scenic road until you reach the Woody Bay car park. From here walk the coast path from Woody Bay to Heddons Mouth where you will see some spectacular coastal views and a waterfall. Continue to Hunters Inn along the river and rest here for a while (lunch and a pint sounds good!) before heading up to the higher coastal path to make a circuit back to your car. (About 2 ½ hours walking time)

 

 

The Brendon Valley

 

Catch the bus from Lynmouth to County Gate, and then walk back via Brendon, Rockford and Watersmeet alongside the East Lyn River until you reach Lynmouth harbour. See if you can catch a glimpse of the resident Heron as he fishes up and down the river. (About 3 hours walking time)

 

 

 

The Doone Valley

 

Drive to Malmsmead and explore the Doone Valley. There are many walks from here including a walk to the remains of a medieval village alongside Badgeworthy Water. You can also do a circular walk to Brendon.

 

 

The Coast Path

 

The section of the South West Coast Path that begins at Minehead and continues past Lynton to Combe Martin and Ilfracombe is one of the most picturesque of the whole 630 mile route. It is quite possible to walk the 40 miles from Minehead to Ilfracombe by staying at Longmead House and catching buses to and from the relevant starting and stopping points.

 

 

Discover the Moors

 

Set out from Lynton towards Barbrook via The Lynway and the West Lyn River Path. Head up Ilkerton Hill and keep going towards Wood Barrow. Turn left onto the Tarka Trail and after 2 miles join the Two Moors Way at Exe Head. Continue along the Two Moors Way to Cheriton and Hillsford Bridge. Take the riverside walk down to Watersmeet and then onto Lynmouth and home to Longmead House. This is an all-day walk of about 15 miles for serious walkers.