Lynton to Porlock via Luccombe

Lynton to Porlock, from the A399 via Simonsbath through Exford, Dunkery National Reserve

This is a lovely drive through some of the most beautiful moor land including Dunkery and Horner Wood National Nature Reserve. This is a great alternative drive to Dunkery Beacon.

This image belongs to Google Maps.

    1. Leave Highcliffe House and take the main B3234 to Barnstaple, driving through Lynbridge and Barbook.
    2. 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.
    3. Follow the A39 towards Hillsford Bridge, then cross the bridge onto the B3223 towards Simonsbath.
    4. Drive along the B3223 through this beautiful part of the moor until you reach Simonsbath.
    5. Stay on the B3223 following signs to Exford.
    6. In Simonsbath, at the junction, turn right on to the B2234 heading to Exford.  Once in Exford you may want to take some time, there are some lovely pubs here.To continue your journey, turn left at the Crown Hotel on to Park Street, continue on Park Street to become Edgecott Road.
    7. Shortly after leaving Exford via Edgecott Road, drivie along Mill Lane, after crossing the cattle grid immediately watch out for signs to Stoke Pero / Cloutsham. Turn right here.
    8. Keep driving along this road, with the National Trust ‘Dunkery’ moorland on the left.
    9. A few hundred yards along this road, at the fork in the road see signpost marked ‘Porlock Post’ carry straight on, don’t turn left here. Follow signs to Stoke Pero / Cloutsham
    10. Drive past Cloutsham Farm on the right, and eventually you will see the river on your right. (Please take care and slow down when driving past the Farm)
    11. Drive through the water ford, make sure you test your brakes after crossing.
    12. You will now be driving along Crook Horn Road towards Luccombe.
    13. When you reach the cross roads at Luccombe, turn left following signs to Porlock / Minehead, driving through Horner towards the A39.

Alternatively, you can turn right and head to Dunkery Beacon and then home to Highcliffe House via Exford, Simonsbath and Hillsford Bridge.

If you are heading to Porlock, then once you reached the A39 you can either turn right to Porlock / Porlock Weir and Minehead, or you can head back to Lynton by turning left.

Return Via A39

If you’re heading back to Lynton the most direct route home is the A39 all the way back to Lynmouth / Lynton, signposted to Countisbury / Lynmouth.

Porlock to Highcliffe House Direct. This image belongs to Google Maps.

Alternatively, you could drive back through Malmsmead which is a longer drive, but very pretty.

Return Via Malmsmead, then A39

  1. Head towards Lynmouth.
  2. Once you’ve driven up Porlock Hill, take the 3rd left turn (the first left is tarmac, the 2nd left is a track, the 3rd left is a tarmac road), to Hookway Hill, this is a narrower lane than the A39, so take car.
  3. Continue driving along Hookway Hill crossing over Robbers Bridge.  This is a cute spot to stop and take photos.  Robbers Bridge is an old masonry arch bridge, with its name taken from legends of bandits and features in Lorna Doone.
  4. Keep driving on, through Oare and on to Malmsmead.
  5. On arriving in Malmsmead you will see both a bridge and ford in front of you.  On the right after the bridge/ford is a delightful tea shop with pretty gardens by the river.  Drive through the ford, or over the bridge (depending on the depth of the river).
  6. At this point, either,

A/ Follow the road ahead, this is now Leeford Lane and will take you through to Brendon.

B/ Turn left on to Post Lane, please note that although pretty this road is rather narrow.  Take the next available right turn, towards Brendon, Lynmouth & Lynton.

Once in Brendon you can follow any of the signs back to A39, Lynmouth or Lynton.

Return Via Malmsmead, via Hillsford Bridge

Alternatively, if you choose to carry on straight, through Rockford, you will pass two pubs, these are both great options for food and drinks.

1) The Staghunters

2) The Rockford Inn

If you continue driving on through Rockford will bring you back to Lynmouth via Watersmeet or Lynton via Barbook at Hillsford Bridge.


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