Walking on Exmoor and the Quantock Hills






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Exmoor and the Quantocks

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► The Exmoor coast: west

► The Exmoor coast: east

► Western Exmoor

► Central Exmoor: north

► Central Exmoor: south

► The Brendons to the coast

► Bampton and the lakes

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The North Devon coast: Croyde to Lynton


This page covers the coastal area from Baggy Point to Lynton, including Lundy and part of the North Devon Coast National Landscape.The coast progresses from sweeping sandy bays through the jagged slates of Morte Point, Bull Point and Ilfracombe to the massive sandstone hills east of Combe Martin, including at Great Hangman the highest sea-cliffs in England.Highlights are almost too numerous to list Ė they include Baggy Point, Morte Point, Lee Bay, Ilfracombe, Watermouth, Berrynarbor, Heddonís Mouth and the Valley of the Rocks.Walks range from moderate to strenuous, but the reward is spectacular coastal scenery.

Because of the steep terrain several of the walks in this area are quite short: these are arranged so that it is easy to combine them into longer walks (as long as you are prepared for 1000+ metres of climb).Click the walk name to download the route.Read the walk safety information, and click for a key to the symbols used on the sketch maps in the instructions. 

NoteAll-day parking in many North Devon car parks is £10-15, particularly between March and November (and all year in Lynton and Lynmouth) Ė please check parking fees here before planning to use a particular car park.††

1 Excursion to Lundy  ♦♦♦9 or 6 mile circular

2 Croyde, Saunton Down and Baggy Point  ♦♦ 8.5 mile circular

3 Mortehoe, Morte Point and Lee Bay  ♦♦♦7.2 mile circular 

4 Mortehoe to Ilfracombe   ♦♦♦ 7.7 mile linear, bus connection

5 Ilfracombe and Lee Bay  ♦♦♦9.1 or 7 mile circular

6 Berrynarbor, Hele and Watermouth  ♦♦♦7.7 mile circular

7 Combe Martin, the Hangman Hills and Berrynarbor  ♦♦♦8 mile circular

8Around Combe Martin  ♦♦ 4.2 mile circular

9 Hunterís Inn, Holdstone Down and Heddonís Mouth♦♦♦! 9 mile circular

10 Hunterís Inn, Voley and the upper Heddon valley  ♦♦5.8 mile circular

11 Parracombe to Lynton via the Heddon Valley†† ♦♦♦! 9.5 mile linear, bus connection

12 Hunterís Inn and Woody Bay   ♦♦♦! 6.8 mile circular

13 Lee Bay and Woody Bay  ♦♦♦5.5 mile circular

14 Lynmouth, Lynton and the Valley of the Rocks  ♦♦♦5.6 mile circular

15 The East and West Lyn gorges†† ♦♦♦5.4 mile circular

16 The Lyn hamlets, Barbrook and Cheriton♦♦!6.1 or 7.5 mile circular

All text, photographs and maps © Stan Lester 2023