Lynton to Dulverton
This is a beautiful drive to the picturesque town of Dulverton.
It’s a perfect way to see the vast, undulating moors of Exmoor.
Keep watch for a glimpse of the enchanting Exmoor ponies as they traverse the moors. There’s plenty of places to park along the way, giving you chance to take in the incredible scenery around you.
- Leave Highcliffe House and take the main B3234 to Barnstaple, driving through Lynbridge and Barbook.
- When you reach the T-junction where the B3243 joins the A39, turn left towards Simonsbath. Check if you need fuel, this will be the last fuel station you will see for a while.
- Follow the A39 towards Hillsford Bridge, then cross the bridge onto the B3223 towards Simonsbath.
- Drive along the B3223 through this beautiful part of the moor until you reach Simonsbath.
- Stay on the B3223 following signs to Exford and Dulverton.
- Look out for signs to Dulverton, and take the next available right turn. Keep on the B3223 continue until you reach Dulverton.
Dulverton hides away in a spectacular and steeply wooded valley, with the river Barle running directly through it. Once in Dulverton you will find quaint local shops, relaxing cafes and great pubs.
The Tarr Steps is probably the most intriguing attraction near Dulverton. The Tarr Steps is a 55-metre stone clapper bridge of medieval origins. The River Barle runs directly underneath the stones. Whilst there you could enjoy the 2.5 miles circular walk along the river, then enjoy drinks or food at the Tarr Inn, which offers views over the steps.
Returning to Lynton
When you’ve finished your excursion in Dulverton and/or the Tarr Steps you could return to Highcliffe House via the B3223, back the way you arrived.
Alternative Route to Return to Highcliffe House
Alternatively you could return via the A396 to Wheddon Cross, then the B224 towards Exford towards Simonsbath. This will add another 30-40 mins (approx.) to your return journey, but it offers another aspect of Exmoor. You could consider stopping in Exford for drinks or food, rather than Dulverton, it’s a lovely location.
If you choose to return via Wheddon Cross, you could consider stopping by the Dunkery Beacon. This beacon signifies the highest point of Exmoor and offers the most spectacular views. It’s quite a walk from either of its designated parking places, but worth the slow climb up is definitely worth it.