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 L4: Hunters Inn-Heddon's Mouth
-Trentishoe Church

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 Trentishoe via the South-west Coast Path, with spectacular coastal views. There is some fairly steep climbing from the river to the top section of the Coast Path.

Distance: 4 miles.

Time: 2-2½ 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. At the T-junction turn right and 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, return along the same side of the river until you reach the T-junction (B). Continue straight on along the wooded path until you reach a track to the right signposted for the Coast Path and Combe Martin.

Go up the path as it gradually climbs through the woods and climbs quite steeply across a section of scree on the open hillside before levelling off. At this point you are walking high above the Heddon Valley with clear views down to Heddon's Mouth.

You reach the end of the valley at Peter Rock; here there are magnificent views across the valley to the opposite side and over to Wales. The path turns to follow the coastline passing through a very narrow section below rock outcrops. Shortly, the path begins to climb and swings slightly in from the cliff edge to reach a junction by the corner of a field.

Turn left onto the permissive path signposted Trentishoe Church and follow this all the way round the edge of the fields; there are fine views down to Hunter's Inn at this point. Finally you emerge onto a narrow tarmac road climbing the hill into Trentishoe. To visit the church turn right and walk up the hill for 300 yards, then return to this point. Descend the steep hill until you reach the Hunters Inn-Combe Martin road. Bear left and follow the road for about a quarter of a mile to reach your starting point.

(A) To leave out Heddon's Mouth, when coming from Hunters Inn, at the T-junction after crossing the stone bridge, turn left and pick up the notes at (B).

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