Valley of the Rocks
The Valley of the Rocks is a dry valley that runs parallel to the coast in North Devon. It is a popular tourist destination, noted for its herd of feral goats, and for its geology, having good exposures of the Lynton Beds that are among the oldest Devonian rocks in north Devon and are highly fossiliferous.
The valley is believed to owe its existence to the dissection by coastal cliff recession of a former extension of the valley of the East Lyn River which now meets the sea at Lynmouth.
Walk from Lynton to the Valley of Rocks
The Coast Path from Lynton to the famous Valley of Rocks is relatively level and has been surfaced with tarmac to make it easier for everyone to use. Whilst the path description is based on starting in Lynton, the walk can be shortened by starting in one of the car parks in the Valley of Rocks, and just doing the loop.
Start at the Lynton station of the cliff railway, which is the easiest way to climb up the 500 feet (140 metres) ascent from Lynmouth. From the lift station follow the track out to Lynton's main street, and then turn left to descend down to St Mary the Virgin Church. At the church turn left down North Walk Hill. At the bottom of the hill, you cross a bridge over the cliff railway and join North Walk which will lead all the way to the Valley of Rocks.
Continuing along North Walk the road turns into a path, and once you pass through a wooden gate you are in the territory of the Valley of Rocks goats. After about ½ mile, a jagged tor appears on the left. Continuing onwards, the towering mass of Castle Rock comes into view, and soon you enter the Valley of Rocks.
To return to Lynton, turn left to walk up the road passing a couple of car parks, a café, public toilets and a picnic area. A tarmac path leads off on the left, signed to North Walk. If you follow this path it will take you through a small 'pass' between Chimney Rock and Rugged Jack and onto the Coast Path whereupon you can retrace your steps back to Lynton. Alternatively, for a shorter, but less scenic walk, continue following the road which leads directly back to Lynton.
ContactExmoor National Park Authority
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VenueValley of the Rocks
Exmoor National Park, Dulverton, Somerset, North Devon, EX35 6HW
Map reference: SS 719494 Lat: 51.23014 Long: -3.83585
Take the B3234 towards Lynton, Turn left on to Station Hill, Take the next right to Sinai Hill keep following the road till you arrive at the Valley of the Rocks.