Footpath near Lyn river valley at Watersmeet, Lynmouth, Devon

Walks & Trails

Walks around Lynton & Lynmouth

Known as the Walking Capital of Exmoor, there are miles of footpaths and trails criss-crossing every part of Lynton & Lynmouth's deep river valleys, moorlands and stunning coastline. From riverside walks to hill-top vistas, there are hikes and walks for all levels of fitness and ability.

Here, we have listed some of the most popular walks in Lynton & Lynmouth with downloadable leaflets and maps. You can also find more walks around North Devon and Exmoor National Park such as the Heddon Valley, Tarr Steps or Baggy Point.

Hollerday Hill

Overlooking Lynton and the Exmoor coast, Hollerday Hill is a great place to walk, explore the remains of an Iron Age hill fort and admire the spectacular views.

Difficulty: Easy
Start location: Town Hall, Lynton, EX35 6HW

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Hollerday Hill walk, North Devon

Valley of Rocks

A dry river valley to the west of Lynton, the Valley of Rocks is famed for its herd of goats, its geology and stunning views.

Choose either the short version, encompasssing Hollerday Hill or the longer route which takes in South Cleave with is wonderful views high above the valley and across the Bristol Channel.

Difficulty: Easy - Medium
Start location: Cliff Railway, Lynton, EX35 6HW

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The Valley of Rocks in Exmoor


This walk follows the course of the East Lyn river where it is joined by the Hoaroak at Watersmeet. Here, a former fishing lodge now serves as a National Trust tea rooms and garden.

The walk circles back to Lynmouth along the other river bank, or for the more adventurous there is the climb up to the Myrtleberry Hill Fort and along the Lyn Cleave back to Lynton.

Difficulty: Easy - Medium
Start location: The Esplanade, Lynmouth, EX35 6EQ

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Watersmeet House walk in Devon

Walks & Trails in North Devon and Exmoor National Park

Porlock Weir to Lynmouth

A leafy linear walk following one of the longest stretches of wooded coastline in England along the Exmoor Coast.

This walk follows the South West Coast Path from Porlock Weir to County Gate, or further onto Lynmouth and visits one of England's smallest churches at Culbone.

Difficulty: Hard (long/steep climbs)
Start location: Porlock Weir, Somerset, TA24 8PB

Porlock Weir walk to Lynmouth

Lorna Doone Valley (NT)

This mystical valley was made famous by RD Blackmore's tragic love story, Lorna Doone. Explore the peaceful contryside along miles of waymarked footpaths.

There is a walk to the Cloud Farm, a circular walk which takes in sites linked to the Lorna Doone novel or a longer walk towards Watersmeet and Foreland Point with views over the sea.

Facilities include a tea room, book shop, car park and public toilets.

Location: Malmsmead, Devon, EX35 6NU

The Lorna Doone Valley in Exmoor

Heddon Valley (NT)

Follow the footpath along a deep, lush wooded river valley down to the sea at Heddon's Mouth beach or explore further east along coast paths to Woody Bay, a quiet and wooded cove with spectacular views over the Bristol Channel.

Facilities include the Hunter's Inn pub, car park and public toilets.

Location: Near Parracombe, Devon, EX31 4PY

Heddon Valley North Devon

Tarr Steps

This ancient 17-span clapper bridge crossing the River Barle is surrounded by sessile oak woodland.

A short circular walk leads from the car park across the bridge and along both banks of the river.

Difficulty: Easy
Start location: Dulverton, Somerset, TA22 9PY

The Tarr Steps Exmoor

Baggy Point (NT)

A rugged headland jutting out into the Atlantic, Baggy Point enjoys a spectacular walk along the South West Coast Path.

It has stunning coastal views, overlooking Croyde Bay, one of the best surfing beaches in North Devon.

Facilities include a tea rooms, car park and public toilets.

Location: Croyde, Devon, EX33 1PA

Baggy Point near Croyde Devon

National Trails & Long Distance Paths

The South West Coast Path

Starting in Minehead, Somerset and finishing in Poole Harbour, Dorset, the SWCP is a 630-mile adventure around Britain's South West peninsula.

From Minehead to Combe Martin, the Exmoor coastline section of the path boasts the highest sea cliffs and longest stretch of coastal woodland between the Foreland and Porlock as well as the second highest tidal range in the world.

South West Coast Path at the Valley of Rocks

The Tarka Trail

Inspired by the Henry Williamson novel, Tarka The Otter, The Tarka Trail is an 180-mile figure of eight loop exploring all the diversity and beauty that North Devon has to offer.

Footpaths, bridleways and a traffic-free cycle path on a former railway will take you through unspoiled countryside, traversing river valleys, estuaries and woods, through Exmoor and Dartmoor national parks.

The Tarka Trail named after Tarka the Otter

The Two Moors Way

Devon's 117-mile long Coast to Coast trail links Wembury in South Devon to Lynmouth in the north, across Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks.

The final section of the route crosses the Exmoor Chains and Royal Forest, following the Hoaroak river until wonderful views emerge across the steep-sided wooded valley of the East Lyn River as it tumbles towards the sea at Lynmouth.

The Two Moors Way at Lynmouth

The Coleridge Way

Follow in the footsteps of the romantic poets and walk 51 miles through the stunning Somerset countryside of the Quantock Hills, the Brendon Hills and Exmoor.

Travelling east to west,from Nether Stowey and finishing in Lynmouth, the route encompasses heathland, moorland, farmland, deeply wooded valleys and historic villages with expansive views over the coast.

The Walker Statue on the Coleridge Way Lynmouth Devon