3.5 of 5 (2 votes)

Cosgate Hill to Countisbury

A moderate walk (coast) in national park Exmoor in Devon, England, about 11.93km (7.41 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:30h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 377m (1236ft)
Loss 380m (1246ft)
Max. Elevation 350m (1148ft)
Elevation (total) 757m (2482ft)
Start & End
County Gate
Distance 11.93km
Duration ~4:30
Ordnance Survey Map
Created by Anonymous Walker on 05 Jul 2012
The first half of the walk is more challenging, hitting up natural highlights along the coast before cutting inland for lunch.  The second half cuts throough Countisbury Common farm land before detouring to the Old Roman Fort at the end.

Walk Functions


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Walk Map


OS Grid SS794486
Starting Point, County Gate Visitor's Centre
Yellow Hammer Rock About 1.13 km (~0.7 miles) from
OS Grid SS799496
Point #1 along the coast
Giant's Rib About 0.54 km (~0.34 miles) from
OS Grid SS794498
Apparently a natural arch along the coast
Desolation Point/Sir Robert's Chair About 1.53 km (~0.95 miles) from
OS Grid SS779498
Meet up with the South West Coast Path after Giant's Rib. This looks like the first point past that.
Foreland Point About 2.76 km (~1.71 miles) from
OS Grid SS754510
Minor detour from the Southwest Coast Path
Lunch - Blue Ball Inn? About 1.47 km (~0.91 miles) from
OS Grid SS747497
According to the map, there's a pub here where we can have lunch. I asked Google, and I think this is probably the place. http://www.exmoorsandpiper.com/pub.htm
Through the Farms About 2.55 km (~1.58 miles) from
OS Grid SS773493
Apparently the farms along the way here have granted "at your risk" right-of-way passage. It should be a bit easier than the pre-lunch half of the hike.
One more Detour About 1.04 km (~0.65 miles) from
OS Grid SS782489
Pull away from the A39 to head toward the Old Burrow Roman Fortlet
Old Burrow Hill About 0.91 km (~0.57 miles) from
OS Grid SS790494
Check out the old Roman Fort before heading back to the Visitor's Centre

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