Malmsmead and Brendon Walk

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7.7 km
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312 m
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The Malmsmead and Brendon Walk is a beautifully scenic journey that will expose you to a variety of terrain and landscapes that can be found within Exmoor National Park. Along the trail, you will climb uphill across a stretch of moor and descend back into the valley before climbing uphill for some views of the East Lyn River and surrounding landscape. This walk is strenuous and a bit overgrown at times, but that is all a part of the adventure!

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Route Description for Malmsmead and Brendon Walk

While there are some steep and overgrown sections of trail, the Malmsmead and Brendon Walk is a fascinating walk that will allow you to relax while roaming the countryside and experiencing the varied landscapes within Exmoor National Park. From the trailhead, you will climb uphill to the west to experience the rugged terrain of the moor before descending into the valley to cross over the winding East Lyn River. From here, you will climb uphill above the valley and make your way east while enjoying the stunning views overlooking the surrounding farms, moor, and forests. Eventually, you will descend through the forest and follow along the river, as it will lead you back towards the trailhead where you began.

Getting to the Malmsmead and Brendon Walk Trailhead

To reach the trailhead for the Malmsmead and Brendon Walk from the Staghunters Inn in Brendon, drive northeast on Church Hill for 0.3 km and continue straight onto Leeford Lane for another 3.4 km. Turn left here onto Hookway Hill and you will arrive at the car park in 31 m.

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  • Backcountry Campground

    Leeford Farm Riverside Camping, Lorna Doone Campsite

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  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

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