Walking in North Devon and Exmoor
View from the Foreland, looking back towards Lynton (the village at the top) and Lynmouth (the village by the sea!). The straight line through the trees is the water powered Cliff Railway that connects the two villages.
The North Devon coastline and Exmoor provide ample walking and hiking opportunities for all levels of ability. If you're tackling a longer section of the breathtaking South West Coast Path, The Bath Hotel provides the perfect overnight stop in Lynmouth. If you want to base yourself somewhere and explore on foot, then stay for longer and use us as your base for your walking adventures.
Aside from The Coleridge Way, The Two Moors Way and The South West Coast Path, there are a plethora of other routes to get your heart pumping! The walk from Lynmouth to Watersmeet alongside the wildlife rich East Lyn River is beautiful at all times of the year, whether in vividly green summer or autumnal orange, and features on Julia Bradbury's slightly lounger route to Watersmeet, via Countisbury Hill.
Lynmouth Harbour - Rhenish Tower on the left, and Foreland Point and Countisbury in the distance on the right.
From Lynton you can explore more of the South West Coast Path, or some of the shorter routes - you can climb up Summerhouse Hill, and look down onto Lynmouth Bay via a quick stop off at The Cottage Inn (maybe to sample their own brewery's delicious ale, Fat Belly), and enjoy the view across the Bristol Channel to Wales.
There's Beacon Tor, and Wind Hill, as well as walking to Foreland Point and it's National Trust Lighthouse - we could go on!
For the adventurous walker and hiker, there are far longer routes that cover rugged moorland, ancient woodland, valleys and rivers, that are a bit more off the beaten track. For those unfamiliar with the area, these routes are best approached with a map in hand, and possibly with a helpful pointer or two from the Exmoor National Park Tourist Information Centre, a stone's throw from The Bath Hotel.
The Exmoor National Park information centre, in Lynmouth.
If you're looking for a more family friendly route, a short drive away is the serene Wistlandpound Reservoir - a lovely (hill free) 2 mile amble is easily marked out and there are lots of child oriented sections for the younger explorer to seek out.
There's also Arlington Court, but there's more on that in the 'Further Afield' section.
After all of your walking, head back to The Bath Hotel for a soak in the tub, before a bite of something delicious to eat and a pint of local ale by the fire (in the winter) or outside (in the summer!).
How to make the most of it...
If you're walking a long distance, why not arrange for a luggage transfer company to come and collect your bags, and deliver them safely to your next overnight stop? We've worked with Luggage Transfers South West for a number of years and their service is excellent.
A walk wouldn't be a walk without your family dog, and here at The Bath Hotel we have 6 dog friendly rooms available for you to stay in. Have a look HERE for more information on bringing your dog on holiday with you.