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I have listed below a number of standard walks designed to maximise the views and places of interest. Winter walks are suitable all year round, whereas Summer walks are limited to between April and October due to likely ground conditions and seasonal openings. However, I am happy to arrange walks to meet your own requirements and needs at any time of year. 

Winter Walks

 

The Quantock Ridge: A circular walk from Holford through a beautiful wooded coombe, climbing to the Quantock ridge with superb views on all sides to the Brendon Hills, Exmoor, and Wales. After walking the ridge we descend back to Holford with further superb views. Moderate 6 miles with one steep ascent. 

 

Porlock Weir and Culbone: Starting and finishing in Porlock Weir, we ascend through woods where once there was a leper colony, before reaching Culbone, a tiny hamlet with the smallest church in England.  After a steep ascent we join a quiet country road to pass a farm where Coleridge is said to have written the unfinished poem ‘Kubla Khan’.  We have fine views towards Porlock bay before descending through woodland to our start point where there is a pub and tearooms. Moderate with one strenuous climb. 6 miles (can be very muddy).

 

Allerford to Porlock Weir via Bossington Hill: We start at Porlock Weir by catching the bus to the historic village of Allerford, where we cross an old pack horse bridge to join the path to Bossington Hill. We have superb views over Porlock Bay as we visit an old coastguard station, before descending to Bossington and crossing Porlock marshes, passing an underwater forest and a memorial to a crashed 2nd World War US plane. We finish back at Porlock Weir in time where there is pub and tearoom. Toilets and tearoom (limited opening in winter)also on route. Easy 5 miles with one short climb at the beginning. The last ¼ mile is across a pebble beach. The walk is not suitable during very high tides or Sundays when the buses do not run!

 

Dunster / Blue Anchor circular: This walk can be started at Dunster or Blue Anchor.  We leave Dunster, passing the steam railway station before taking the coastal route to Blue Anchor, where there is opportunity for coffee at a local cafe. We cross the steam railway line, crossing fields before the climb to Withycombe Hill gate, giving fine views looking back towards the Quantocks and Blue Anchor. We pass the bronze age settlement of Bats Castle with further superb views, before descending Gallox Hill, crossing an historic pack horse bridge before reaching Dunster. Moderate 7 miles with one steep climb. 

Summer Walks

 

Watersmeet Spectacular: A circular walk beginning in Lynmouth, where we take the easy route to Lynton via the famous Victorian Cliff railway. We follow a scenic route to join the Two Moors Way, enjoying superb views across to Lynmouth and Countisbury. We continue on to meet the Hoaroak Water and then visit the famous beauty spot of Watersmeet where lunch can be taken at the tearooms, before continuing our river walk back to Lynmouth. Moderate to strenuous in places. 6 miles with a steady climb and one steep zig zag descent and ascent.

 

Lorna Doone Walk: We begin at Malmsmead, visiting various sites which inspired R D Blackmore in his famous novel. We walk the Doone Valley, along Badgworthy Water passing the RD Blackmore memorial, the Waterslide and on to Hoccombe Coombe where it is alledged the Doones had their hideout. We partially return by the same route to a local tea room for refresments, before moving on to visit Oare Church where Lorna was shot on her wedding day. Easy 5 miles. 

County Gate to Lynmouth: We catch an open top bus from Lynmouth to County Gate where we enjoy fabulous views with our morning coffee at the tearooms. We descend to follow the East Lyn river through Rockford, passing beautiful scenery on to Watersmeet for lunch, before continuing the river walk back to Lynmouth. Moderate 6 miles. The descent from County Gate to the East Lyn is not difficult or dangerous but you will need to be sure footed in places.

Quantock Coast and Countryside: We meet at East Quantoxhead, and it is a short walk to take morning coffee at a local tea garden. We walk inland, passing several historic churches, with fine views of the coast before descending to an  abandoned church and the lost village and harbour of Lilstock. We then follow the coast path to Kilve beach, famous for its fossil ammonites, before returning to our start point. Moderate 6 miles with one ascent and descent and a short, quite road section. Can be very muddy after heavy rain.

Grading

 

Easy: These routes should pose no problem for any averagely fit person. Normally there will be some ascending and descending but nothing too strenuous. Normally 4 – 6 miles.

 

Moderate: As above but the climbs may be a bit steeper!  The terrain is also likely to be more challenging underfoot.  Normally 6 – 8 miles.

 

Strenuous : Longer walks with more challenging climbs and descents, with more difficult terrain.  More suitable for walkers with good fitness and experience.  Usually 8 + miles

 

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