Landscape Photo
Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

Unique valley with spectacular sea-views. Much of trail is on asphalt paths, general quite level, but with some short moderate inclines. Part of return is through village/town of Lynton. Coastal stretch of path is uniform in width and with no barriers, but unfenced with steep slopes towards sea. There are numerous seats on outward leg and cafes on homeward stretch. 2-3km

Surveyed by: Exmoor National Park Authority Volunteer, March 2013 (Spring)
Accessibility Rating: 2More Information
Distance: 4.2 km

Public Transport: Bus service to Lynton where walk could be begun.
Car Park: Large district council car park at start (pay and display) also National Trust car park 250m up road (by trail)
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: Toilets by National Trust car park exit 250m from start. Other toilets in cafes and Lynton townhall

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Start at Valley of the Rocks car park, the 2nd you pass.  The first is a National Trust car park, also pay and display but free to members

Path Start at Valley of the Rocks car park, the 2nd you pass. The first is a National Trust car park, also pay and display but free to members

 

Path

A stony trail leads down the valley towards Castle Rock.
Rough surface unsuitable for wheel chairs and those of restricted mobility.

Surface A stony trail leads down the valley towards Castle Rock. Rough surface unsuitable for wheel chairs and those of restricted mobility.

Alternatively, it is a short walk down the usually quiet road.
Gentle gradient.

Path Alternatively, it is a short walk down the usually quiet road. Gentle gradient.

There is a narrow grassy path beside the road.

Path There is a narrow grassy path beside the road.

Continue down stony track to gap in the ridge.  Rocky ridge above you is dominated by

Path Continue down stony track to gap in the ridge. Rocky ridge above you is dominated by "Ragged Jack".

If using road leave to right on fairly level path over smooth grass. (Always very cropped)

Path If using road leave to right on fairly level path over smooth grass. (Always very cropped)

Path becomes grassy in gap in ridge.  Ahead is the impressive formation of Castle Rock

Path Path becomes grassy in gap in ridge. Ahead is the impressive formation of Castle Rock

Three seats give fine view

Seat Three seats give fine view

Surface changes to asphalt as path turns back to follow coast.  Width of surface 1m+ in all places.

Path Surface changes to asphalt as path turns back to follow coast. Width of surface 1m+ in all places.

 

Path

View back to Castle Rock.

View View back to Castle Rock.

Cross-slope to path (1:15 (6.5%)approx)

Direction Cross-slope to path (1:15 (6.5%)approx)

From time to time rocks jut out on right slightly over path.

Obstacle From time to time rocks jut out on right slightly over path.

 

Path

 

Seat

View back west  over Woody Bay.

View View back west over Woody Bay.

 

Path

 

Path

Steepest gradient of trail.(approx. 20% (1:5) for 180m)

Gradient Steepest gradient of trail.(approx. 20% (1:5) for 180m)

More overhanging rocks.

Path More overhanging rocks.

Path junction.  Short cut leads steeply back to right. Sheltered bench.

Seat Path junction. Short cut leads steeply back to right. Sheltered bench.

 

Path

Level path.  Seats and benches regular for next 1/4 mile.(Not all marked!)

Seat Level path. Seats and benches regular for next 1/4 mile.(Not all marked!)

 

Seat

 

Path

 

Gate

 

Path

The left turn goes steeply down to Lynmouth, our route continues straight ahead to Lynton.

Path The left turn goes steeply down to Lynmouth, our route continues straight ahead to Lynton.

 

Seat

Path wider 1.6m

Path Path wider 1.6m

Gateway without gate 1.4m

Path Gateway without gate 1.4m

North Walk

Path North Walk

 

Path

Small bridge crosses famous Lynton-Lymouth Cliff Railway.  Fine views over bay and up East Lyn River valley.

View Small bridge crosses famous Lynton-Lymouth Cliff Railway. Fine views over bay and up East Lyn River valley.

Refreshments available in local hotels, but steep divergence from road.

Cafe Refreshments available in local hotels, but steep divergence from road.

Et the road junction we go straight ahead the road inclines upwards about 20% (1:5) for approx. 160m

Gradient Et the road junction we go straight ahead the road inclines upwards about 20% (1:5) for approx. 160m

Narrow pavement,  but very little traffic.

Gradient Narrow pavement, but very little traffic.

 

Path

Join main road in centre of Lynton. Church on left.  Castle Rock Hotel on right.  We turn right.

Path Join main road in centre of Lynton. Church on left. Castle Rock Hotel on right. We turn right.

No pavement for 60m but space inside yellow lines for pedestrians.

Width No pavement for 60m but space inside yellow lines for pedestrians.

Path

Short detour to top of Cliff Railway. Café and views.
Gentle rise

Gradient Short detour to top of Cliff Railway. Café and views. Gentle rise

 

Cafe

 

Path

Town Hall and Exmoor National Park information.
Toilets (key for disabled) 5 steps up to hall and info. centre

Step Town Hall and Exmoor National Park information. Toilets (key for disabled) 5 steps up to hall and info. centre

 

Path

Passing

Path Passing "Convent of Poor Clares" on right.

 

Path

 

Path

Pavement ends.
Cross road to continue.

Obstacle Pavement ends. Cross road to continue.

 

Path

Path

 

Path

Cattle grid with gate.

Barrier Cattle grid with gate.

 

Path

Gentle gradient.Good views down Valley of the Rocks

View Gentle gradient.Good views down Valley of the Rocks

Plenty of seats on this stretch.

Seat Plenty of seats on this stretch.

Toilets viewed from optional detour

CarPark Toilets viewed from optional detour

 

Gradient

Path reaches notch in rocky ridge.  Good views
Return same way.

Path Path reaches notch in rocky ridge. Good views Return same way.

Path continues over to Coast path used earlier.  Steep drop

Gradient Path continues over to Coast path used earlier. Steep drop

 

Path

Path

Toilets by exit to National Trust car park.

Toilets Toilets by exit to National Trust car park.

Narrow path between fence and road.

Width Narrow path between fence and road.

 

Path

Mother Meldrum's Tea Rooms

Cafe Mother Meldrum's Tea Rooms

Back at car park.

End Back at car park.

Valley of Rocks Phototrail

 

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