Short walk to Heddon's Beach, and along the South West Coast Path from a remote country pub. Travel by car only.
|Length||9.1km / 5.6 miles|
|OS Maps||Explorer 9 (Exmoor)|
|Toughness||4/10 - Easy going on good paths - long slow climb to the top, and a long slow descent|
This is a popular walk from the Hunter's Inn - a remote country pub - along a valley to Headon's Mouth beach. Then its along the South West Coast Path (SWCP) to Woody Bay. Then its back along a parallel but higher path at the top of the cliff.
Optionally, you can walk down to Woody Bay, returning on the same path.
This is a car-only walk - the local roads are narrow, and not served by buses, which have to detour inland at this point.
Park at The Hunter's Inn, EX31 4PY
|Lunch and Tea|
Exmoor is a small National Park (NP) on the north coast of Somerset and Devon. It has a dramtic rocky coastline with the highest sea cliffs and largest coastal forest in England. Inland are steep sides valleys which lead up to bleak moorland plateau ("The Chains") and the NP's highest point - Dunkery Beacon at 519m / 1703 feet. The southern side of the plateau, bisected by steep valleys slopes much more gently, as is used for sheep farming. Formerley a royal forest, the NP has few towns, but 2 large seaside resorts outside it - Minehead and Barnstable. See Exmoor's wiki page
There are no train stations nearby. To get here, take 1) a National Express Coach to Minehead or 2) a train to Taunton, and then a bus to Minehead.
Regular buses run along the coast on the SWCP day 1 route to Porlock, then a summer only services along the SWCP day 2 route to Lynton. The coastal road heads inland, and doesn't rejoin the coast until the end of SWCP day 3 route - a summer weekend only bus service. NB the #300 bus along the coast runs in 2 sections: i) Minehead to Lynmouth, and ii) Lynmouth to Illfracombe
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|Map Walk||This walk requires an OS map and a compass or GPS for navigation. You can print out OS maps using the link above.|
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline (bus times): 0871 200 22 33 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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