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Exmoor's extraordinary coastline Part II

A moderate walk (coast) in national park Exmoor starting and finishing in Devon, England, about 17.90km (11.12 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 7:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 631m (2070ft)
Loss 603m (1978ft)
Max. Elevation 320m (1049ft)
Elevation (total) 1234m (4048ft)
Distance 17.90km
Duration ~7:15
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 20 Feb 2010
Exmoor is a place of great diversity; woodland, moors, river valleys, and one of England's finest stretches of coastline, running between Combe Martin in the west and Minehead on the eastern boundary of the National Park. The towns in between make it easy to walk sections of this fabulous coast in a day, with regular buses in between. This walk tackles the long central section from Lynton in Devon to Porlock, across the county boundary in Somerset.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map


OS Grid SS723495
Start at Lynton, a pleasant seaside town with plenty of facilities. Cross two rivers in the town to pick up the South West Coastal Path heading east.
Countisbury About 2.30 km (~1.43 miles) from
OS Grid SS746497
The SWCP heads around the northern side of Wind Hill, along the top of some of England's steepest cliffs. Carry on to the village of Countisbury, where the path veers northeast towards The Foreland.
The Foreland About 1.70 km (~1.06 miles) from
OS Grid SS754512
This headland offers fantastic views across the Bristol Channel. Take the footpath up to the lighthouse at the tip of the headland, before rejoining the SWCP.
Along the coastal path About 3.19 km (~1.98 miles) from
OS Grid SS781496
The path stays high on the cliff, through some small patches of woodland and with more great views in between - look out for the rock arch of Giant's Rib.
The Combe About 1.32 km (~0.82 miles) from
OS Grid SS795493
The route wiggles around The Combe and continues over Sugarloaf Hill. Easy routefinding, meaning you can concentrate on stretching those legs and enjoying the sea breeze.
Wheatham Combe About 1.10 km (~0.68 miles) from
OS Grid SS806492
At Wheatham Combe, the path splits - one heads through the woods on the cliff, the other gains height and crosses through hilly farmland. Both are enjoyable, but the higher route has the better views over Porlock Bay.
Culbone About 2.97 km (~1.85 miles) from
OS Grid SS834483
The two paths rejoin near Culbone and head down to Worthy.
Porlock Weir About 3.13 km (~1.94 miles) from
OS Grid SS864478
You will sense the end of the walk approaching as you drop down through Yearnor Wood and into Porlock Weir. Take the road through the village, and pick up the footpath at Porlockford Bridge - a nicer route to Porlock than along the road.
Porlock About 2.19 km (~1.36 miles) from
OS Grid SS883466
Finish at Porlock, where there are buses back to Lynton and to other towns too. Plenty to see and do in this happy little tourist town - for more ideas, go to: www.porlock.co.uk

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