South West Coast Path
The South West Coastal Path at 630 miles is Britain’s longest National Trail, running from Minehead in Somerset to South Haven Point near Poole Dorset. The 26 mile section along Exmoor’s north coastline starts at Porlock Weir in Somerset ending at Coombe Martin in North Devon. For maps and more photographs click here to view.
Heading west from Bossington, the path will take you along the Bristol Channel coast on a dramatic rise and fall via Porlock Weir along sea cliffs to Foreland Point and then down Countisbury Hill into Lynmouth. The next stage climbs up a zigzag path or take the famous Victorian Cliff Railway to Lynton within sight and 5 minutes walk of Highcliffe House, then follow the coast path on the seaward side of Hollerday Hill into the spectacular Valley of Rocks.
A popular section of the southwest coast path walk continues from the Valley of Rocks passing Lee Abbey on to the beach at Lee. It then climbs up along the steeply wooded cliffs of Woody Bay where bluebells transform the hillside in the spring. You can then either take the steep pathway down to the beach where waterfalls cascade from above or continue around the top towards Martinhoe. The dramatic landscape falls down onto the beach at Heddons Valley finally rising up England’s highest sea cliffs at 1044ft to The Hangman above Coombe Martin.
There are breathtaking sea views from every vantage point east and west along the North Devon coast on this Exmoor section of the path. On clearer days the South Wales coast is visible from across the Bristol Channel.
To visit the South Coastal Path website, click here
To visit the Lynton Cliff Railway website, click here