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Wilderness Coast - Itinerary 5

Lynton and the Valley of Rocks

Morning

Lace up your boots and prepare for one of the highlights of coastal Exmoor. Today’s walk is the 2.7-mile (4.3 km) Lynton and the Valley of Rocks route (starting from Lynton, 12.8 miles/20.6km east of Combe Martin). Here the cliffs rise into craggy outcrops and rock towers, forming a ‘dry’ valley between the coast and the rounded hulks of the moors. Continue through this valley, passing the Ragged Jack and Castle Rock formations. Test your head for heights by climbing to the top for jaw-dropping views along the coast, before returning to Lynton on this most scenic of trails.

Afternoon

Grab a sandwich at one of the cafés or tea rooms in Lynton, then walk or catch the railway down to Lynmouth. From here take an easy 2.5-mile (4km) stroll to Watersmeet. This wooded valley walk follows the babbling East Lyn river to its confluence with Hoar Oak Water. Sip a cup of tea or coffee from the café here and take time to soak up the atmosphere of this tranquil setting. As an alternative, take a boat trip from the harbour to explore the towering cliffs from the sea; spot wildlife and learn about the history of this remote harbour.

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