An epic 10-mile hike for those wanting to really explore the Lyn Valley area.
Approx. 5-hours | 15 km
This is a glorious walk that starts and finishes at Highcliffe House. It covers nearly every hill and valley you can see from Lynton & Lynmouth through the Doone Valley area. The walk includes; Summerhouse Hill, East & West Lyn, Hillsford Bridge, Watersmeet, Rockford, Wilsham, Barna Barrow, Countisbury Hill and Lynmouth. I know! It’s heaven right.
There are two possible starts to this route; Summerhouse Hill along the Samaritan Way, or our favourite – through East & West Lyn. Both options take you to Hillsford Bridge, with Watersmeet as a pitstop.
From Watersmeet, take either side of the East Lyn River towards Rockford. We like walking through Barton Woods side of the river, before crossing the bridge near Rockford. At Rockford you could always stop for a beverage or snack at the Rockford Inn – its a delightful place. From Rockford a steep climb towards Wilsham and Wilsham Farm, along Rockford Lane or the exhausting water-made path running alongside it.
Heading towards Barna Barrow, along Church Path path, you are rewarded with some outstanding views over Serip Wood … a bit of a steep climb. It is worth it, I promise. Continue on Church Path alongside Holden Head towards the A39 where you will cross over to Barna Barrow atop Countisbury Hill. Head to the South West Coast Path and follow it to Lynmouth and voila … you’re all done.
Things to note …
- Approx. 9-10 miles / 15km
- Some very steep unformed paths
- Plenty of elevation for some incredible views
- Refreshments and Toilets; Watersmeet, The Rockford Inn and The Blue Ball Inn
- Two Iron Age Fort sites; Myrtleberry North & South
- Plenty of places to paddle between Watersmeet & Rockford
Things we love …
- Being out all day and seeing so much countryside and nature
- Taking sandwichs from the Picnic Box and finding a sunny spot for nibbles
- Plenty of pitstops for elevenses, lunch and afternoon snacks
- The breathtaking views over the Watersmeet Valley, Wilsham Woods