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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

County Gate to Lynmouth Circular Walk Summary

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Circular walk linking the County Gate car park and Lynmouth

There is no public transport between Porlock and Lynmouth, therefore a days linear walk is not possible if one requires to return to the start. This walk uses a mid-point of the County Gate car park, located on Exmoor, to provide a circular route using the SWCP and Coleridge Way. The SWCP section is not too strenuous and provides some amazing coastal views whilst the Coleridge Way makes a very pleasant ramble alongside the East Lyn River to return to the County Gate


This is a walk summary intended to provide the user with just the essential information in order to navigate the walk route. Fully detailed information notes, refreshment stops and walk features are not included in this. A full write up will be included in the near future.

County Gate Car Park, Exmoor to Lynmouth Walk - Essential Information

Walk Statistics:

Start point
County Gate Car Park, Exmoor View in OS Map | View in Google Map
End Point
Lynmouth View in OS Map | View in Google Map
Total Walk distance
4 miles
Walk difficulty
Footpaths link the County Gate car park and the SWCP which leads along the coast to Lynmouth. Return is along footpaths following the East Lyn river. The final section is along a country lane with a section alongside the main A39. There are broad verges that are kept mowed for walkers.
The final road based section can be circumvented using a footpath close to Hall Farm, Brendon. However on this occasion the path was severely obstructed and overgrown making it inaccessible.


The following maps and services can assist in navigating this route. The links include published hard copy as well as online plots and downloadable GPX route data for importing into navigational software and apps.

Ordnance Survey Explorer Map
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Online Ordnance Survey Route
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Online OpenStreetMap Route
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Online Google Route
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ViewRanger App Route
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GPX data for route (download)

Details of Accommodation used when performing this walk


Hele Valley Holiday Park Camp site View in OS Map | View in Google Map
Situated close to Ilfracombe, this family owned holiday park is set in the picturesque valley at Hele Bay. It offers a peaceful, clean and well maintained park with static caravans and lodges, camping pitches and camping pods. This site has been awarded Silver Awards from the Devon Tourism Awards, a David Bellamy Gold Award for Conservation and a Trip Advisor Excellence Certificate.

Walk Data

Date of Walk
Walk Time
07:30 to 14:30
Griffmonster, Kat
Weather Conditions
Bright warm sunny day


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