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Countisbury circular walk via Winston's Path


A short walk from the National Trust holiday cottage and car park at Countisbury with panoramic views reaching from the Bristol Channel, across the East Lyn Valley and over to the high parts of Exmoor above Brendon.

Views of the coast near Lynmouth
Take a walk and enjoy spectacular coastal views National Trust Image / John Millar


Map route for Countisbury circular walk via Winstons Path
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National Trust car park at Countisbury, grid ref SS747496


Walk out of the National Trust car park at Countisbury to the main road and turn right. Please be aware of traffic as this is a public road. Walk down the hill in the direction of Lynmouth, with inn on your left and a row of cottages to your right.

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Cross the road at end of a row of cottages and take the signposted National Trust Centenary path. Follow this to the right, signposted 'Lynmouth Watersmeet', through the metal gate and across a field to a wooden gate. Go through gate and walk a few paces down to the fingerpost that signs 'Footpath Lynmouth 2 miles', 'Winstons Footpath Watersmeet and 'Countisbury Off Road Path.' From here, there is a panaromic view down Chiselcombe. During the last Ice Age the summer thawing of the top layer of permafrost resulted in a slow flow of loose rock and soil downslope, clearly visible as the large areas of scree on you can see in the valley.

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At this fingerpost turn to your left along the path signed 'Winstons Footpath Watersmeet. This path is named after Winston Singleton who was Warden of Watersmeet for 34 years and built the path in the 1970s. As this path climbs and follows the contours around the hillside there are panoramic views stretching from the Bristol Channel, across to Wind Hill and Myrtleberry North hill forts and over to Brendon Common to the east.

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Follow the path, through a gate and down some steps into an area of oak woodland that stretches down the hill to your right all the way to the East Lyn river. When you come to the 4-finger signpost turn left, signed 'Countisbury ½ mile'. Follow the wide grassy path through the gorse, up into the field on Trilly Ridge. There are spectacular 360 degree views from the waymark post along the path.


Walk across the field to the top right corner to a signpost showing 'Countisbury'. Go through the field gate and walk straight along the green track back towards Countisbury, through a couple more gates until you reach the main road. Please be careful here and watch out for traffic. Turn left and walk a short distance back to the car park.

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National Trust car park at Countisbury, grid ref SS747496

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Countisbury circular walk via Winston's Path


A short walk that is classed moderate due to the steps on one section. Dogs welcome; please keep on lead if there is livestock in surrounding fields. No litter bins along the trail so please take back with you. Thank you.

Countisbury circular walk via Winston's Path

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Countisbury circular walk via Winston's Path

How to get here

Countisbury, North Devon
By train

Barnstaple 20 miles (32km); Minehead 15.7 miles (25km)

By road

National Trust car park at Countisbury 2.7 miles (4.5km) out of Lynmouth or 15.7 miles (25km) from Minehead on A39, opposite Blue Ball Inn. Postcode for Sat Nav: EX35 6NE

By foot

Access via the South West Coast Path

By bus

Service 39, Minehead to Lynmouth, alight Blue Ball Inn, Countisbury

By bicycle

National Cycle Network Regional Route 51 passes nearby. See Sustrans.

Countisbury circular walk via Winston's Path

Facilities and access

  • Dogs welcome