A short stroll through the leafy woodland of Hollerday Hill & Snowball
Approx. 1 hour
This walk is one of the shortest, most satisfying walks within sight of Highcliff House. Hollerday Hill rises about 800ft (240m) out of the Channel and provides a stunning backdrop for Lynton.
Hollerday Hill is a wonderful place to wander through a spectacularly rock-strewn landscape and woodland, and at the top, the flat remains of an ancient Iron Age hillfort. Walkers at the top of Hollerday Hill are rewarded with most spectacular views of the Valley of Rocks and channel.
Hollerday Hill is locally famed as the location of Hollerday House. A once-imposing mansion was built in the 1890s by Sir George. This grand old house that once sat proudly near the summit directly behind Lynton’s Town Hall. The mansion was destroyed by fire in 1913 and its remains demolished by the army during the Second World War. Most of the stone was re-used to local build bridges and other structures destroyed by the 1952 flood.
This particular walk returns you back to Lynton, near the old Cemetary – through an area called Snowball. It’s a delightful walk, and not too strenuous – but it should be noted it’s not perfectly flat underfoot. From Snowball, you can walk back to Lynton along Lee Road past Lyn Candles and the Post Office,
If you choose to descend from Hollerday Hill into the Valley of Rocks, rather than walk back the way you came, you can explore the valley floor, castle rock or walk along the South West Coast Path back to Lynton.
Things to know …
- A short walk (1 Hour)
- Looks down into the Valley of Rocks, and out to the Bristol Channel
- Starts just 10-mins walk from Highcliffe House
- Public Toilets at the Lynton Town Hall and in the Valley of Rocks
- Can be included as a long walk to the Valley of Rocks, Hunter’s Inn / Heddon’s Mouth
What we love about this walk …
- It’s the perfect short stroll with a bit of everything; woodland, history, elevation and stunning views.
- Taking a picnic, or sandwiches to eat at the top
- We really love this walk in the Autumn when the leaves change colour
- Wandering around the site of the old house trying to picture it.
- Walking along the ‘higher’ coastal path which offers really stunning views
- Stopping at Lyn Candles on the way back for a cheeky purchase