A perfect drive to Lynton, on the North Devon coast to stay at Highcliffe House B&B
So you’re heading to North Devon coast, to stay in the picturesque town of Lynton at Highcliffe House – a jewel in the Exmoor National Park. You won’t be disappointed. I wanted to share with you, my perfect journey for a weekend break in Lynton.
Like every journey, it’s no good unless you’re going to smell the roses along the way. That’s why it’s important to get off the motorway at your earliest convenience. Exit the M5 at Junction 23, Bridgewater, then head for Minehead along the A39. This route is shorter in miles, but a lot longer in time – but it’s worth it!
Dunster – a medieval wonder
For a short time, drive through the Quantocks, a designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty – it really is. The first stop to consider is Dunster. Take time to explore its medieval village and the incredible Dunster Castle. Continue on the A39 again, avoiding Minehead, heading for Lynton & Lynmouth via Porlock.
A real chocolate box village with beautiful thatched cottages nestled amongst the trees. A stop in Selworthy would offers some spectacular scenery and views with walks around the Selworthy Beacon. Peckish? Call in at the award-winning Periwinkle Tea Rooms, a beautiful thatched cottage with glorious views from it’s gardens. This image is owned by Periwinkle Tea Rooms.
Want to explore more? Check out Bossington and Hurstone Point, with stunning views over Bossington Beach and Porlock.
From Selworthy head back to the A39 through Allerford to Porlock.
Porlock and Porlock Weir
Porlock is the quaintest of villages. It’s worth stopping to explore or have tea and cake in one of its delightful cafes. A slight detour from Porlock takes you to Porlock Weir – a cute 17th Century settlement around a picturesque harbour.
Back on the old A39 again, and drive up Porlock Hill towards Lynmouth. After leaving Somerset behind, the journey along Exmoor’s Heritage coast continues. This stretch of A39 is glorious, with rugged cliffs, moorland and rolling hills and valleys. Slow down to catch glimpse of the famous Exmoor ponies! The A39 soon begins its descent through Countisbury down into Lynmouth. The views of Lynton & Lynmouth are quite breathtaking.
Through Lynmouth, up in to Lynton, navigate to the serenity of Highcliffe House. Park the car and admire the majestic views of Countisbury, Foreland Point and Lynton.
Views of the North Devon coast
Check into one of Highcliffe House’s gorgeous rooms. Head to the dining room to enjoy a scrumptious Devon cream tea. The dining room majestically overlooks the old town of Lynton, the Bristol Channel and surrounding North Devon coast.
Check out some of the beautiful rooms at Highcliffe House, each with its own magical sea view.
Check out Visit Exmoor to discover more things to do and places to see.