The Seawood Hotel

Lynton, Exmoor National Park, Devon

Tel : 01598 752 272

A Selection of Walks in the North Devon area

Watersmeet

The Valley of the Rocks

One of the prettiest walks in the area is the walk between Lynmouth and Watersmeet. The walk there takes about 1 hr and 15 minutes. Try and spot salmon and seatrout in the river as you walk by. At Watersmeet, the Barle River meets the East Lyn river, there is a beautiful waterfall and a National Trust Coffee Shop

At the coffee shop, relax with a cup of tea in the sunshine. Spot the dippers diving into the waterfall trying to catch their dinner or catch a flash of blue which are the kingfishers. The really lucky ones have caught sight of the otters playing. Choose your route back via the woodland walk or the river walk

Difficulty level - river walk return - Easy / woodland walk return - Moderate

Watersmeet

Water falling over the rocks at Watersmeet

Watersmeet

Enjoy the wildlife

Turning left out of the hotel and you are on the North Walk where legend has it that Shelley, Byron and Samuel Taylor Coleridge all used to walk to get inspiration for their poems as it is so beautiful. A half hour walk leads you through to the Valley of the Rocks where unusual formations of rocks leave you wondering how on earth they are balancing

The Valley of the Rocks is a dry valley, The valley is believed to owe its existence to the dissection by coastal cliff recession of a former extension of the valley of the East Lyn River which now meets the sea at Lynmouth

R D Blackmore set part of his novel, Lorna Doone at the Valley of the Rocks

Difficulty level - Easy

Valley of the Rocks

Valley of the Rocks

Ragged Jack

Ragged Jack at the Valley of the Rocks

Tarr Steps

Hartland Quay to Hartland Point

A 45 minute drive into Exmoor, takes you to the ancient stone bridge that is known as Tarr Steps. Stop for a cream tea at the farm there and watch the world go by. See the cars as they drive through the ford.

Afterwards take a leisurely walk along the river which is flat and amongst the trees and just walk as the mood takes you

Difficulty Level - Very Easy

Tarr Steps

Tarr Steps

A 75 minute drive from the hotel takes you to Hartland Quay where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Bristol Channel. At this point the channel has the most wonderful geology, that needs to be seen to be believed. There have been many shipwrecks in the area, the latest being the Joanna that was wrecked in 1982 and the remains can still be seen on the beach. Take the walk from Hartland Quay and walk to Hartland Point to the lighthouse and marvel at the ruggedness of the coastline.

Difficulty Level - Moderate

The stunning geology at Hartland Quay

Dunkery Beacon

Porlock Weir to Culbone Church

Dunkery Beacon is the summit of Dunkery Hill, and the highest point on Exmoor and in Somerset, England. It is also the highest point in southern England outside Dartmoor.

There is a circular walk from Porlock that is about 9 miles in length. This walk combines three of Exmoors finest features, the heather on the moorland, lush deciduous woodland and the chance to see plenty of wildlife. Starting from Porlock, the walk heads through Hawkcombe Woods, onto the moorland of Dunkery Hill and back through Horner Wood, before returning to Porlock in time for a cream tea.

Dunkery Beacon

Dunkery Beacon

This walk starts from the car park at Porlock Harbour and takes you through to the smallest complete church in England that is just 35feet in length

The walk is 6 miles in length and is a little challenging in places. Close to the church is a small tea hut containing everything for a cup of tea, it is unstaffed but has an honesty box for walkers

The landscape is technically a coastal walk, but you pass through woodlands of stunted oaks, follow old paths under stone tunnels that once connected the now derelict and forbidden house at Ashley Combe, and stroll up and down gentle slopes that occasionally reveal a view over the Bristol Channel. There are flat stones set into old walls that make the ideal spot to catch your breath.

The charming beach at Porlock Weir

Selworthy

Selworthy

Highland cattle on Exmoor

Highland Cattle

Robbers Bridge

Robbers Bridge

Watersmeet

Watersmeet

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