There are many shorter, less challenging walks in Exmoor National Park than this. But if you have the time and energy, it’s worth tackling the longer treks for diversity of terrain and rewarding vistas. One such trail is the 5.1-mile (8.2km) Foreland Point Adventurous Walk. This circular route, which starts 1.6 miles (2.6km) east of Lynmouth, passes through a landscape of steep, tree-covered hills rising from the sea in what is the longest stretch of coastal woodland in England and Wales. At Foreland Point Lighthouse you’re rewarded with unrestricted views across the Bristol Channel to Wales. This is not for the faint-hearted, as it features steep climbs and exposed ridges, although there are gentler shortcuts if required.
Make your way back down to Lynmouth, a picture-postcard fishing village at the mouth of the river Lyn. As you’d expect, there are fantastic fish and chips to be enjoyed here, but there is also a string of pubs, cafés and tea rooms for a hearty lunch stop. After lunch, take the Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway to Lynton. This water-powered funicular railway, established in 1888, chugs up the short, but near-vertical, track to the top, revealing wider views of the coast as it climbs. As one of Exmoor’s key tourism destinations, you’ll find plenty of hotels, guest houses and places to eat in this picturesque village.