An epic 20km marathon through woodland, open fields and precipitous cliff edges – this walk has everything!
Approx. 20km | 5-6 hours
If you’re looking for a fun day out exploring and you’re powered by Duracell batteries, then this 20km walkathon is for you. It follows the South West Coast Path for most of the journey, with the exception of the Southcliffe section. We think the Southcliffe section is unmissable.
The return journey follows the actual South West Coast Path all the way back to Lynton. And when you’ve ascended over 800m over the whole journey … a little flat walking will be most welcome.
So, from Lynton, walk over Southcliffe to Lee Abbey, then through Woody Bay and out on to the cliffs towards Heddon’s Mouth and then to the Hunters Inn for a welcome rest and a pint … or two … and a taxi home.
Things to know …
- Approx. 20km | 5-6 hours, this is not a stroll.
- Cafes / Toilets: Mother Meldrums (Valley of Rocks), Lee Abbey Tearoom (Lee Bay)
- Steep walking with sheer drops in places
- Part of the South West Coast Path
- Food & Drink at the Hunters Inn, in the National Trust’s Heddon Valley
- Be prepared to eat with peacocks around you (sometimes)
- Return via a bridleway to Woody Bay, easier on the legs and there are no sheer drops.
- Get a taxi back if you don’t want to walk back … we do after we’ve pigged out.
Things we love …
- Miles and miles of walking really clears the head and inspires plenty of meaningful conversation
- The variation in landscape, from inland to coastal, woodlands to moorland, sea to rivers.
- Plenty of nature and wildlife
- Stopping off at Lee Abbey Tearooms (seasonal)
- A lazy (late) lunch at Hunters Inn
- The bridleway from Hunters Inn to Woody Bay – it’s just lovely.
- Getting a taxi back …