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Walk #362: Ilfracombe to Lynton

 

P20032200042	Ilfracombe Harbour, with St Nichols Chapel on the hillside behind.
     
P20032200046	The view down over Ilfracombe Harbour.
P20032200042 Ilfracombe Harbour, with St Nichols Chapel on the hillside behind.
     
P20032200046 The view down over Ilfracombe Harbour.

General Data

Date Walked 20/02/2003
County Devon
Start Location Ilfracombe
End Location Lynton
Start time 08.34
End time 16.52
Distance 18.0 miles
Description This was an extremely enjoyable day's walk, although quite strenuous in places. Some of the scenery is quite fantastic, particularly the Valley of Rocks to the west of Lynton.
Pack Today I carried my 30-litre Karrimor HotRock rucksack, which was filled with my packed lunch, waterproof leggings, water bottle and a couple of spare shirts, together with the usual assortment of odds and ends.
Condition This was yet another day when I have not had any significant problems, and the only thing that I can find to mention is that my left ankle ached slightly once I had finally finished the walk.
Weather The weather today was very different to the weather over the last few days. For one thing it was much warmer than it had been, and there was little sight of the sun at all during the day. There we some drizzle early on, and a bit more when I sat down for lunch, and neither of these were long enough or hard enough to make me want to put my hood up. The wind that has been ever present for the past few days was still present, although it was less fierce and cold than it has been.
OS map Landranger number 180 (Barnstable & Ilfracombe, Lynton & Bideford)

 

P20032200051	The view back towards Water Mouth.
     
P20032200060	Looking eastwards towards the Great Hangman from the Little Hangman.
P20032200051 The view back towards Water Mouth.
     
P20032200060 Looking eastwards towards the Great Hangman from the Little Hangman.

 

P20032200062	The view back towards the Little Hangman.
     
P20032200072	A lamb on the path.
P20032200062 The view back towards the Little Hangman.
     
P20032200072 A lamb on the path.


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.

 

P20032200078	The stream at the bottom of Heddon's Mouth.
     
P20032200006	The Valley of Rocks.
P20032200078 The stream at the bottom of Heddon's Mouth.
     
P20032200006 The Valley of Rocks.

 

P20032200009	A goat beside the path from the Valley of Rocks.
P20032200009 A goat beside the path from the Valley of Rocks.


Notes

There were some wonderful views available at times on this walk, and in particular those from the Little Hangman, Great Hangman and the Valley of Rocks were truly superb. This made the entire walk extremely enjoyable, and well worth doing. The only downside is that once again the skies were hazy, which meant that I could not see as far as I wanted along the cliffs or across the sea to South Wales. This is a shame, as on my last trip along the cliffs in 2000 I really enjoyed being able to look across to Wales, but on this trip I have been unable to.

As I was approaching Lee Abbey I met a group of about ten people walking up the road towards me. The first man had a walkie-talkie, and as we chatted he was speaking into it and telling the others about what I was doing. I believe that they were a group from Lee Abbey, which is a Christian centre, and some of them gave me some large donations for the charity. This was very kind of them, but unfortunately I could not tell them where the path they wanted was!

I did a little experiment today and left my GPS unit on all day to see how far I walked. On this trip so far I have been measuring the distance that I have walked using a map measurer on a map (I had tried using a pedometer but it was far too innacurate), and the values that I have been getting recently for this correspond well with the distances given in the national Trail Guides. Measuring on a map should actually underestimate the distance walked slightly, so I decided to see what value my GPS would give me. The results are interesting - the distance from Ilfracombe Harbour to Combe Martin is given as 5.3 miles, and the GPS recorded it as being 5.96 miles. Likewise the distance from Combe Martin to Lynton is given as 12.3 miles and the GPS measured 13.9 miles. These differences are interesting, and could be due to the amount of ascending and descending that I did today. For the distances recorded on this website I have used the measured values; I will continue using my GPS for a few days to see if I can make any conclusions.

As we are travelling around the country it is amusing to see the way the television channels change as we move around the country. Just recently we have had southwest TV, Wales TV and other local channels. It is weird the way that we get reception of Welsh TV better than southwestern channels when we are in the southwest - unfortunately neither of us understands Welsh!

I am now coming to the end of the South West Coast Path, and tomorrow's walk will be the last complete day on the trail - I shall probably walk as far as Bossington, which will leave a six-mile walk over Bossington Hill to Minehead tomorrow. It will feel very strange to be off the National Trail and having to plan my own routes once more.


Directions

During this walk I followed the South West Coast Path, the route of which is detailed in the Ordnance Survey National Trail Guide 8, Minehead to Padstow (ISBN 1-85410-774-7). Unfortunately the route description is written in reverse to the direction that I am walking, but the 1:25,000 maps in the book are clear and the signs on the ground are very good. Also to be recommended is the South West Coast Path Association guidebook (ISBN 0-907055-04-4), which has less concise directions and no maps, but includes accommodation details and grades each section of the walk according to difficulty. They also publish reverse directions, which are suitable for walking in the direction that I walked the route. They have a website at www.swcp.org.uk, which is well worth a visit.  
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National Trail Guide: Minehead to Padstow
 
SWCP Association guide 2004


Distances

From To Distance (m)Ascent (ft) Descent (ft)
Ilfracombe Combe Martin 5.4 1722 1706
Combe Martin Lynton 12.6 4656 4528

This makes a total distance of 18.0 miles, with 6378 feet of ascent and 6234 feet of descent.

  Profile of walk #362
For more information on profiles, ascents and descents, see this page


Accommodation

We parked in a car park in Lynton, which was quite handy for all the local facilities. I am unsure about whether we are allowed to park here overnight, but I have not seen a sign prohibiting it, mainly because I have not looked.


Disclaimer

Please note that I take no responsibility for anything that may happen when following these directions. If you intend to follow this route, then please use the relevant maps and check the route out before you go out. As always when walking, use common sense and you should be fine.

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And finally, enjoy your walking!


This walk was mentioned in the following routes:
My walk around the coastline of Britain
South West Coast Path


Nearby walks

#TitleWalk length (miles)
88Barnstaple to Woolacombe11.9
89Woolacombe to Combe Martin13.0
90Combe Martin to Lynton13.6


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