Lynmouth to Countisbury Hill

A long climb with spectacular views from Countisbury Hill

Approx: 1-2 hrs |

Highcliffe to Lynmouth

To reach Countisbury Hill, head to Lynmouth first. After leaving Highcliffe House, follow Sinai Hill to the bottom then walk past the Vanilla Pod cafe.  Follow the pedestrian road up towards the Valley of Rocks Hotel.

Cross the road and take the narrow road between St Mary’s Church and the Valley of Rocks Hotel.  This is called North Walk. Keep walking and where the road branches, take a right turn then first left.

a) Lyndale Bridge in Lynmouth

Take the Tors Road follow with the East Lyn River on your right until you reach the sign for Countisbury. Bear left and continue to climb until you re-join the Countisbury Road.

A little way down the hill on the left is a sign to Wind Hill which will bring you back down to Lynmouth avoiding a walk on the main road.

b) Countisbury Hill via Coastal Path

Alternatively, walk towards back of the Manor House and through the gated track.  Follow this track for a short way until you see a signpost to the coastal path. Take the coastal path through the trees, walk a short way along the A39, then cross the A39 when the path stops.  You will see a small gate with a long grassy path.  Walk up the grassy path until you reach the ridge.  From here you can see choose to walk to the Blue Ball pub in Countisbury, or down to Watersmeet.

Getting back to Highcliffe House

  1. Walk back up the ‘zig zag’ path – remembering how steep it is
  2. Take the Cliff Railway from Lynmouth to Lynton
  3. Walk back up the main Lynmouth Hill road.  This is not the best of walks and can be dangerous as there are no footpaths.
  4. Call one of Lynton’s taxis