Kipscombe summer walk

Walking trail

This 2.5 miles walk takes in the top of Butterhill, over 1000 feet above sea level. Whilst out on your walk you'll come across a variety of birds who make Kipscombe their home.

Surrounding countryside, Kipscombe Farm Campsite, Devon


Kiscombe summer walk route


Barna Barrow Car Park


Park in Barna Barrow car park just off the A39, Head out on the path to the north, turning left along the field boundary


Turn right at the bench, up the hill crest and then go down over to the field corner. On your way to the next point you'll head over the peak of Butter hill at over 1000 foot, with stunning panoramic views as far as Wales on a clear day. Look out for high flying ravens and peregrine falcons.


Turn right and follow the field edge and then follow the track as it continues across the heath. In late August and September the colours of the heather heath will be at their best with three types of heather all slightly different purples and pinks along with the yellow of the gorse. On a warm day the gorse smells of coconut.


Cross over the tarmac drive and head up to the top of the grassy hill


Take in the view before returning back down and along the drive to point 4 and 6. Here is another stunning panorama of Kipscombe and woodland of the Watersmeet Valley. You may see and hear skylarks here and meadow pipets. There will also be roaming Exmoor ponies, please do take some photos of them but give them their space and keep your dog on a lead as with all livestock.


Take the path on your left off the drive and keep left along the heath back to Barna Barrow car park. As you walk back through the heath keep an ear out for the distinctive sound of the stonechat, like two small stones chipping together.


Barna Barrow Car Park

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Kipscombe summer walk

How to get here

Barna Barrow car park, Nr Countisbury, Lynmouth EX35 6NE
By road

Barna barrow car park is located a short distance (100m) above Countisbury, driving from Countisbury take the first left after the cattle grid

Kipscombe summer walk

Facilities and access

  • Car park
  • Pub (not National Trust)