Foreland Point: Devon's most northerly point

Photos cannot do justice to the height of the sea cliffs on Foreland Point © National Trust / Vera Jelinkova

Photos cannot do justice to the height of the sea cliffs on Foreland Point

The dramatic cliffs of Countisbury Bay and Foreland Point dominate the landscape in Lynmouth and are well worth a visit. The highest cliff on the point is 89 metres above the high tide mark, but the highest point on the entire headland is near to Countisbury at 302 metres.

There is a small car park at Countisbury, opposite the Blue Ball Inn which is a great way to get out onto Foreland Point, if you don't fancy the stroll up the South West Coast Path from Lynmouth. Countisbury's beautiful church is also well worth a visit.

Out on the point you may come across grazing ponies or sheep and it will be hard to miss the amazing views to the west towards Lynton, Lynmouth, the Valley of the Rocks and the Heddon Valley. To the east, enjoy views of the Glenthorne Cliffs with Porlock Bay and North Hill in the distance.

From the tip of Foreland Point, you may not be able to see it, but down below you there is a lighthouse on Foreland Point which was established in 1900 to support the shipping industry of the Severn Channel. Electricity was bought to the lighthouse in 1975 and it was automated in 1994. The light is 67 metres above the high tide mark and flashes 4 times every 15 seconds. The lighthouse is now a National Trust holiday cottage which sleeps 10 people, and is one of the best places to escape the hustle and bustle of modern life, with stunning views and opportunities for enjoying wildlife.