County Gate - Lynmouth - Watersmeet - County Gate

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Lynmouth lies at the bottom of a 700 foot gorge below Lynton. The two villages are connected by a cliff railway, and between them have become known as Little Switzerland.

This is a long, but rewarding walk. There are a lot of ups and downs, especially along the coast, giving the walk a large height gain. The walk starts from County Gate on the Somerset & Devon border and follows the coastal path to Lynmouth above dramatic clifftops, and through woodland hugging the coastline, passing the lighthouse at Foreland Point along the way.

The return route follows the East Lyn River along a deep gorge in ancient woodland, passing Watersmeet, so called, as it is the meeting pint of the East Lyn River and Hoar Oak Water. After crossing over Hoar Oak water, the riverside path along the East Lyn is followed further passing through the small attractive villages of Rockford and Brendon, before climbing out of the gorge and heading back to the coast at County Gate.

England - South West England - Devon - Exmoor


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23/05/2019 - timothy cobb

WOW!! What a fantastic walk. We have been walking for around 12 years and this is by far the best walk we have done to date. We started from the free car park at County Gate with a 7 mile stretch of fantastic South West Coast path to Lynmouth. Lynmouth is definitely one of our favourite places it is so beautiful. Then from Lynmouth there is a 5 mile STUNNING woodland walk alongside the East Lyn River. Then finally a 2 and a half mile rolling countryside view high above the same river back to the car park. Our GPS made it 14.5 miles long and 820 metres height gain. Although it can be challenging and steep in places we found that the climbing was quite spread out and managed fine. The views and scenery really do take your mind of it. Walking time was just over 6 hrs as stated. If you can manage this length and height of walk then we HIGHLY recommend it. You will not be disappointed. Thank you so much Sean for posting this walk. Tim and Becka.

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