Circular walk from Lorna Doone to Foreland Point

Walking trail

This challenging walk is one of two halves. Starting gently along the bubbling East Lyn River, why not stop at Watersmeet for a quick break? Then it becomes slightly more challenging but takes in breathtaking views at Foreland Point and County Gate.

The exterior of The Lighthouse Keepers' Cottage, Lynton, Devon

Map

The circular route from Lorna Doone to Watersmeet and then onto Foreland Point.

Start:

Lorna Doone Farm, EX35 6NU

1

From the Lorna Doone car park turn left and cross over the stone bridge following the road to go past the entrance to Cloud Farm Campsite. After around 250metres until you reach a footpath marked Public Bridleway County Gate. Follow to cross a footbridge and there you join Coleridge Way for Brendon.

2

Take the Coleridge Way which climbs away from the river with fantastic views along the valley to reach Brendon.

3

Arriving at a set of steps to the road, turn left to pass the bridge and continue on the Coleridge Way along the East Lyn river until you reach Watersmeet.

4

At Watersmeet continue past the tea room and turn right and follow the footpath uphill towards Countisbury.

5

After following the footpath uphill you'll reach a main road, cross over it, and follow the road up to the church to then join the South West Coast Path.

6

Turn left and continue towards Foreland Point - the northernmost tip of Devon. If the weather is good, and you are confident of your abilities, the mapped route follows the tiny goat-track around Foreland Point for a stunning view of the Lighthouse. However, the Coast Path continues along the right-hand fork, travelling downhill to Coddow Combe, and this is the route you should use if the weather is poor or you have no head for heights. (At the bridge, you still have the opportunity to turn down the road and see the lighthouse should you choose the second option).

7

From the lighthouse walk up the road to rejoin the signed South West Coast Path. Continue the South West Coast Path for around 4km. Cross the drive to Glenthorne and drop down on the marked path until you reach the Sister’s Fountain (Spring).

8

Just after the spring leave the South West Coast Path and turn right uphill to follow the woodland boundary to County Gate.

9

When you reach the road turn right to get back to the car park.

End:

Lorna Doone, EX35 6NU

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Circular walk from Lorna Doone to Foreland Point

How to get here

Address
Lorna Doone Farm, Oare, EX35 6NU
By road

5 miles West of Lynmouth or 13 miles East of Minehead. Take the A39 and turn off to follow New Road to Oare. From there turn right to take Hookway Hill to Lorna Doone Valley.

Circular walk from Lorna Doone to Foreland Point

Facilities and access

  • Public toilets
  • Tea room