Aspects of Exmoor

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We would suggest that these notes are read in conjunction with
the Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure 9 Exmoor 1:25000 map.

Walk L3: Hunters Inn-Heddon's Mouth-Woody Bay

Bold letters in brackets, for example (A), refer to check points on the shorter walks mentioned at the end.

Notes: This is a fine coastal walk from Hunters Inn to Woody Bay via the South-west Coast Path, returning via the old coach road.

Distance: 5½ miles.

Time: 3-3½ hours.

Start point: Hunters Inn (GR SS655482). From Lynmouth, take the direct route for Lynton up the very steep Lynmouth Hill and continue straight up past the Lynton turnings to rejoin the A39 at Barbrook. Turn right and follow the main road. After 3 miles you pass the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway centre. At the next turning (Killington Cross) turn right down the lane signposted Kittitoe and Hunters Inn and follow this road for 2 miles to the inn where there is ample parking space.

Directions: Go up the track on the right hand side of the inn through the gate and fork left, following the signpost for Heddon's Mouth. Continue along the track alongside the river and cross over the substantial stone bridge. Follow the track on the other side all the way down to the beach at Heddon's Mouth.

To omit Heddon's Mouth, read note (A) below.

Leaving the beach, either use the stepping stones or return as far as the wooden bridge and cross to the east side of the river. Continue through the wooded path until you reach a track to the left signposted for the Coast Path and Woody Bay. (B)

Go up the path as it gradually climbs out of the woods and runs along the open hillside up to Highveer Point, a good viewpoint and an excellent picnic spot. From here the path continues level along the coast. You pass the waterfall where Hollow Brook tumbles down the hillside and then enter a wooded section.

On reaching a gate leading out onto a road turn right uphill. Follow the road until it reached a T-junction then turn right, walk past the parking area and when the road turns sharply to the left after about 300 yards, go straight ahead through the gate.

This is the old coach road from Woody Bay to Hunters Inn. It is a wide track, easy to walk and you follow it all the way back to Hunters Inn. After half a mile, it emerges from the woods back onto the open hill; there are many fine views of the sea and the track below you which you used earlier. If you have time, follow the sign for the viewpoint before continuing down the gradually sloping track to the end of your walk.

(A) To leave out Heddon's Mouth, when coming from Hunters Inn, do not cross the stone bridge but remain on the same side of the river until you reach the track junction at (B) and turn right.

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