A spectacular walk through the dramatic Valley of the Rocks, descending into Lynton then walking alongside the East River Lyn and ito the forest above Lynmouth before making your way back along a section of the South West Coast Path. Challenging initially, the views are worth the effort.
Start with a steep climb out of Lynmouth along spectacular coastal paths and find yourself in the dramatic setting that is the Valley of the Rocks, a spectaculr dry valley 500 metres above the Bristol Channel. Continue through this geological wonder with your head on a swivel, keep an eye out for free-roaming goats in the fields and on the cliffs. Continue past the secluded Lee Abbey before descending into the village of Lynton, nestled high in the hills. You then walk alongsoide the East Lyn River, along a forest path with the sounds of song birds in your ears you will appreciate the shelter that the forest provides from the elements, mainly wind. Having climbed up through the forest, you make your way back to Lynmouth along a high section of the South West Coast Path.
The climb up to the valley of the rocks is tough, but the views will get you through. The second half of this loop walk is much easier than the first. It is also highly recommend that you find the time after your walk to enjoy a ride on the Cliff Railway between Lynmouth and Lynton, the steepest water powered railway in the world.
Take care crossing country roads and when walking on sections of the path in the Valley of the Rocks and Coast Path, where there are steep drops into rocks or the sea below.
Sturdy walking boots are recommended and walking poles advisable as there are some steep descents. Good outerwear is advised in order to protect from strong winds.
There are numeriosu options for stocking up on food and drink in both Lynmouth and Lynton (your halfway point). However, as ever we recomend that you carry anoutgh snaks and water for the entire day.
Points of Interest
Flood Memorial Hall - Opposite Lynmouth Harbour is the Flood Memorial Hall. The permanent free exhibition inside includes a scale model of the village pre-flood, along with images of the buildings which were destroyed and how to identify their sites. There are many personal accounts, photos, as well as material on the recent theory that it may have been the result of cloud-seeding experiments by the military.
The Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway - The famous funicular Cliff Railway runs between the two historic towns and offers yu the opportunity to enjoy stunning views of the North Devon Coastline as you ride the steepest totally water powered railway in the world!