Lynmouth, Lynton and The Valley of the Rocks
This trail takes you on a moderately difficult circular walk of just over six miles through a spectacularly rock-strewn landscape on a relatively level section of high cliffs between Lynton, Lynmouth and the Valley of Rocks.
Park in the Lynmouth seafront car park and warm up with an amble around the seaside shops. Check out the Pavillion Dining Room. A great place to kick start your walk with a coffee and huge slice of cake.
Turn left from the Lynmouth Pavilion. Carry on along the road through the Esplanade car park, taking the steep footpath on the left towards the end. At the top turn right and join the coast path.
On the coast path, turn right and follow it for a little over a mile, then past the disused quarry after which the path curves to your left and then drops down beneath Castle Rock and to the roundabout. If you are feeling energetic take a detour up Castle Rock for some spectacular coastal views.
From the roundabout turn left onto the road and take the path along the verge, past the tearooms and onto the path to your left opposite the toilets.
Take the right fork almost immediately afterwards, leading steeply uphill. If you haven’t spotted them already, look out for the friendly wild goats which inhabit this part of the coastal path.
Zigzag up the side of Hollerday Hill on this path. Where the path forks around the hill, take the right-hand fork and follow it around the hill and into the woods.
The path uphill to your left after about a quarter of a mile will lead you up to the summit of Hollerday Hill, a great viewpoint over the Valley of Rocks and the surrounding countryside.
From the summit, retrace your steps. Take the footpath signposted to Lynton and follow it downhill to the track below.
From here drop down onto the road and turn left, staying on this road until you come to the church. Nearby you will find authentic tapas at The Oak Room or really good coffee at Charlie Friday’s.
Pick up the Coast Path again and follow it as it zigzags downhill over the cliff railway and returns you to the start of the walk.
Finish with a restorative drink at The Rising Sun. With views out to sea and dating back to the 14th Century, this thatched fine dining restaurant is renowned for its local food and ales.