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Walk #91: Lynton to Porlock Weir


M17	Looking down on Lynton and Lynmouth from Countisbury.
M19	Photo east from Wingatecombe.
M17 Looking down on Lynton and Lynmouth from Countisbury.
M19 Photo east from Wingatecombe.

General Data

Date Walked 30/04/2000
County Devon, Somerset
Start Location Lynton
End Location Porlock Weir
Start time 09.00
End time 16.00
Distance 13 miles
Description This was a lovely coastal walk following the coast path.
Pack Today I carried my Craghoppers WP70 rucksack, without tent, sleeping bag or trangia.
Condition I feel quite fatigued after this walk. My feet still ache slightly and I suffered from problems with both of my ankles, my left one for the normal reasons and my right due to it being twisted when I slipped in a stream. I am also slightly dehydrated due to the high temperature and sunshine. I have slight (but by no means serious) sunburn on my neck and arms, despite frequent and judicious use of suntan lotion.
Weather Today was very hot and sunny. At times the heat was quite debilitating. The slight wind on the ex[posed promontories cooled things down slightly, but otherwise it was lovely and hot, hot, hot! The heat was particularly bad on the inland sections, where I was out of the tree cover and away from the wind.
OS map Landranger number 180 (Barnstable & Ilfracombe, Lynton & Bideford) and Landranger number 181 (Minehead & Brendon Hills, Dulverton & Tiverton)


M22	Culbone Church.
M24	Thatched houses in Porlock Weir.
M22 Culbone Church.
M24 Thatched houses in Porlock Weir.

Map of the walk

Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.


This was a very tiring day under the hot sun. The scenery varied significantly throughout the course of the day - from the classic coastal views at Countisbury to the woodland that prevailed during most of the day to the open farmland between Broomstreet and Silcombe Farms.

I found today to be a remarkably long day. I always thought that I was further on in the walk than I really was. Perhaps this was due to the woodland walking causing me to lose track slightly of where I really was on the ground, or just my ever-optimistic mind wishing that I were further on. Even late in the day I was still meeting people who were trying to walk to Lynmouth from Porlock - if they made it to Porlock they must have arrived quite late in the evening.

Once I had climbed the initial ascent from Lynmouth to Countisbury the rest of the day was spent contouring the coast with no serious climbs or descents of any great note. Despite this I found that today was a very hard walk, although this was probably as much to do with the hot weather as anything else.

Porlock Weir is a very nice little village, and I went for an evening walk along the shingle beach as far as the breach. This is a place where there is a 20-30 foot gap in the beach where the sea broke through four or five years ago. Apparently it can be crossed at low tide, but I do not really fancy risking that, so I will have to make an inland diversion tomorrow to Porlock. I also spent some time watching a young family crabbing of the harbour wall - I used to do this as a child, and it was quite engrossing watching them successfully catch many crabs, sometimes with as many as five in one go. Seeing crabs hanging off other crabs, which were hanging off other crabs, was quite an interesting sight.

Whilst I was looking around Porlock Harbour this evening a lifeboat came in towing a small yacht that had apparently got into difficulties. I find it hard to imagine what these difficulties could have been in such glorious weather. The local pub has a plaque on the wall about a rowing competition between the pub and one in Barry in South Wales. That is quite a distance to row, and the honours over the year were about equally spread.

Another nice point about today is that I am now in Somerset - my third county of this trip so far. This feels very nice, although I am slightly sad to see the back of Devon, which has had some very spectacular scenery.


From Lynton head down the North Walk path into Lynmouth, a few hundred feet below. Once in Lynmouth cross the River Lyn via a footbridge and turn right through the park towards the A39. The south west coast path then ascends up a steep hill before joining the A39 for a period as it climbs uphill. Fortunately there is a reasonably good path here to avoid road walking. The path then leaves the road and ascends sharply to the left along to Countisbury Hill. The path then heads along to Foreland Point before veering eastward, contouring along the cliffs and then plunging into woodland.

The path is very well signposted and incredibly easy to follow. Unfortunately due to landslips the path soon leaves the coast and heads inland to Broomstreet Farm and then on via a green lane to Silcombe Farm. It then continues on to the tiny church at Culbone, where I found a very convenient refreshment hut open. More wood walking takes you downhill to the east through Worthy and on into Porlock Weir.


From To Distance (m)Ascent (ft) Descent (ft)
Lynton Devon / Somerset border 6.8 2333 3213
Devon / Somerset border Porlock Weir 5.8 1614 2110

This makes a total distance of 12.6 miles, with 3947 feet of ascent and 5323 feet of descent.

  Profile of walk #91
For more information on profiles, ascents and descents, see this page


Tonight was spent at Sea View Cottage, Porlock Weir, TA24 8PE, telephone (01643) 862523. The cost was 18.00 for the night. This was a very friendly and welcoming B&B that was very well situated in the centre of the village.

For more details of suitable accommodation in this area, please see the South West Coast Path Association's Annual handbook.


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This walk was mentioned in the following routes:
My sectional Land's End to John O'Groats walk

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