The Seawood Hotel
Lynton, Exmoor National Park, Devon
A Selection of Walks in the North Devon area
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
Water falling over the rocks at 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
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
R D Blackmore set part of his novel, Lorna Doone at the Valley of the Rocks
Difficulty level - Easy
Valley of the Rocks
Ragged Jack at the Valley of the Rocks
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
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
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.
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
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
The Seawood Hotel, North Walk, Lynton, Devon, EX35 6HJ, Email Seawood@btconnect.com
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