Exmoor's extraordinary coastline Part II

Submitted by Timwoods on 20 February 2010
OS Explorer Map: OL9 - Exmoor
 
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A linear, full-day coast walk in national park Exmoor (England) starting at Lynton, Devon, about 20km (roughly 13 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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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.
Start: Lynton, OS Grid: SS723495
End: Porlock, OS Grid: SS888467
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 996m (3268ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 1963m (6443ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 967m (3175ft)
Max. Elevation: 320m (1049ft)

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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.
About 2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 1 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.
About 2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 2 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.
About 3 km (roughly 2 miles) from 3 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.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 4 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.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 5 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.
About 3 km (roughly 2 miles) from 6 OS Grid: SS834483
The two paths rejoin near Culbone and head down to Worthy.
About 3 km (roughly 2 miles) from 7 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.
About 2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 8 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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