Lynton is the perfect centre for a walking holiday. There are plenty of short walks, medium length walks and Lynton is on the South West Coast Path and the gateway to Exmoor for the most adventurous.
For the short stroll, Hollerday Hill can hardly be bettered offering views of both the North Devon and Welsh coasts. Visitors appreciate our unique herd of wild but docile goats and the buzzards hovering in the sea breezes. The Valley of Rocks is a truly magical place with its strange rock formations.
For a slightly longer walk take the path from Lydiate Lane (ancient road to Barnstaple) out over South Cleave. The land falls away sharply to reveal the Valley of Rocks in all its glory. Continue down through the bluebell woods to Lee Abbey and return via the coast path.
On the Eastern side of Lynton via Lyn Way and Lyn Bridge, a path ascends over Summer House Hill and gives a choice of routes. It is worth merely ascending to Oxen Tor for the views. Lynmouth provides the shortest alternative. Passing over the cleaves themselves, easy but strenuous, one can reach Watersmeet or Hillsford Bridge. Watersmeet gives one the opportunity for delightful refreshment before returning beside the river to Lynmouth.
Use can be made of the buses to add interest or travel further afield.
Take the 310 or 309 to Caffyn's Cross and walk back via Six Acre Farm and the Coastal Path. Take the 300 to Countisbury and either follow the East Lyn back to Lynmouth or visit Countisbury Castle (excellent views) and Beacon Tor on the coast side.
Take the 309 or 310 to Parracombe. Walk to Hunters Inn and travel back via the Coastal Path. Using the 300 do a circular walk from Combe Martin visiting the famous cliffs and picturesque seashore. To cover the coastal path between Lynton and Combe Martin one should walk to Combe Martin and get the 300 back or, if you don't mind arriving back late, bus out and walk back. One can walk out on the Coastal Path eastwards and pick up the 300 to get back from Porlock, Selworthy Turn or Minehead! Just make sure you don't miss the bus back!
Take the 300 to County Gate and walk down to Malmsmead
For advice and literature on other walks please phone the Lynton Tourist Information Centre on 0845 4583775 or send an e-mail. Books on Walks. Walking Poles,