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Snowy track at Kipscombe
Snowy track at Kipscombe | © Paul South

Winter walk at Kipscombe

High up on the moors with magnificent views over the Bristol Channel to Wales, even in winter there is plenty of wildlife which you'll come across on your walk, from peregrine falcons, snipes and the Exmoor ponies in their thick winter coats

Total steps: 8

Total steps: 8

Start point

Barna Barrow car park, grid ref: SS744497

Step 1

Park in Barna barrow car park just off the A39 head north onto the heath

Step 2

Carry on north down toward the fields down over: You are walking through some of the best heathland habitat in the country; look out for our Exmoor ponies in their winter coats. You may also flush up a snipe or two here

Step 3

Follow the field boundary around down to Great red. As you pass our fields keep an eye out for flocks of starlings and goldfinches and our other winter visitors such as fieldfare

Step 4

Go on down into the dip then carry on straight up over onto the point path; don't take the path to the left signed with a danger cliff edge and scree sign. Here is another favourite hangout for the Exmoor ponies, and also the top of Great red a geological exposure.

Step 5

You're on the end of foreland point after a rest enjoying views over to Lynmouth, turn around and head back to point 4

Step 6

Take the right hand path here around to Countisbury church

Step 7

Go through Countisbury church yard then down the a39 and the pub. There is a bench here with a view out over Lynton and Lynmouth, why not take a breather before heading onto the pub

Step 8

Come back up through the church and head right along the field boundary back to Barna barrow car park.

End point

Barna Barrow car park, grid ref: SS744497

Trail map

Map of Winter walk at Kipscombe, Watersmeet, Devon
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