Valley of the Rocks and Lynton Walk

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Moderate
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1-1.5h
Distance
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4.0 km
Elevation
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111 m
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Valley of the Rocks and Lynton Walk

Walking the Valley of the Rocks and Lynton Trail is a spectacular experience along the North Devon Coast that will produce some exceptional views overlooking the Bristol Channel for a minimal amount of required effort. While out on the trail, you will pass through the Valley of the Rocks and take in the stunning views of the rugged coastal landscape before looping around Hollerday Hill to pass through the charming town of Lynton. Whether you are on vacation or are local to the Lynton area, this is a fantastic walk to explore the picturesque landscape of the North Devon Coast.

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Route Description for Valley of the Rocks and Lynton Walk

Although the Valley of the Rocks and Lynton Walk is a relaxing adventure that can be enjoyed by just about anyone, there are some minor changes of elevation along the route that will need to be undertaken. Be sure to wear comfortable footwear for this journey, even though it is a short one. This is also a very popular area with tourists, so try to arrive early to secure a space and enjoy the views to yourself - at least for a while.

This really is an amazing walk for those that are after getting the most stunning views for as little effort as possible. The above-mentioned elevation changes are minimal at best and can certainly be tackled by even the most beginner walkers. Gorgeous sightlines that stretch out over rugged rock formations and vibrant green hills to reach the blue expanse of the Bristol Channel await on this lovely walk, and a finishing leg through the charming town of Lynton makes it all the more worthwhile. This is definitely an amazing way to burn a few hours if you have the spare time.

Setting out from the car park, you will make your way along the road to the southwest for 0.2 km, taking in the breathtaking scenery of the Valley of the Rocks that is spread out before you. Take your time through this initial part of the walk, so you can grab some nice photos and enjoy the picturesque setting. Reaching the roundabout, pick up the footpath on the right and follow it along the coast for 1.1 km, taking in the sweeping views of the Bristol Channel that include South Wales on a clear day. Arriving at a junction, keep straight along the trail and continue to traverse the slope of the hill until the path turns into a road.

From here, you will follow the road for 0.6 km, as it bends to the south and arrives at an intersection. Keep right here onto Lee Road and make your way through the charming town of Lynton, taking some time to pop into the shops, cafes, and restaurants if that is on your agenda. Continue along this road for the next 1.1 km to leave the town behind and work around the slopes of Hollerday Hill on the final leg of your walk. Finding a footpath on the right just before the cricket pitch, you can take a brief detour to climb up the rocky hillside for some final views of the surrounding landscape. After taking in the views, head back to the road and follow it to the west for 0.4 km to return to the car park having completed the Valley of the Rocks and Lyn ton Walk.

Trail Highlights

Valley of the Rocks

The Valley of the Rocks is a dry valley along the North Devon Coast that can be found just outside of the town of Lynton. Famed for its breathtaking views overlooking the Bristol Channel that are framed by rugged geological features, the area is also home to a herd of wild mountain goats that roam the valleys and rocky outcrops. As one would assume, it is a very popular place for tourists to take photos.

Frequently Asked Questions

How was the Valley of the Rocks formed?

The Valley of the Rocks was formed through the process of coastal erosion that was caused by a former branch of the East Lyn River.

Insider Hints for Valley of the Rocks and Lynton Walk

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes for this journey, as there are some minor elevation gains and terrain may be uneven in some areas.
  • Keep your dog on a lead, as there may be mountain goats in the area.
  • Mother Meldrums Tea Garden is a great place for some pre/post walk refreshments.

Getting to the Valley of the Rocks and Lynton Walk Trailhead

To get to the car park for the Valley of the Rocks and Lynton Walk from the Lynton Visitor Centre, head southwest for 0.2 km along Lee Road and keep straight onto Longmead. After 1.0 km, you will find the car park on the right.

Route Information

  • When to do

    Year-Round

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Yes

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    High

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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