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Withypool and Hawkridge walks

distance 8.18mi Vertical gain +1148ft Vertical drop -1148ft Durée 4h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Dulverton - Somerset

This Exmoor walk starts from Tarr Steps, a well-known beauty spot, and then continues through countryside of steep, green fields dotted with small farms. The route crosses West Ansley Common before returning to the start through the village of Hawkridge.

distance 18.9mi Vertical gain +1949ft Vertical drop -2799ft Durée 10h25 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Exford - Somerset

The final stage is a bit longer than the others but it is a pleasant walk without too many climbs. First of all, it retraces steps back to Withypool, then follows the River Barle to Simonsbath. From there it's over The Chains to meet the Tarka Trail and descend the Cheriton Ridge and along the East Lyn River to end up in Lynmouth.

Cow Castle by Pickedstones Farm from Simonsbath
distance 8mi Vertical gain +620ft Vertical drop -627ft Durée 4h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Exmoor (Somerset) - Somerset

This beautiful circular walk in Exmoor National Park visits Cow Castle using paths to Picked Stones. The return way follows Two Moors Way along River Barle and goes across gorgeous hills and valleys.

distance 8.34mi Vertical gain +1188ft Vertical drop -1178ft Durée 4h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Cutcombe - Somerset

This Somerset walk visits the highest point on Exmoor, Dunkery Beacon. Starting from Wheddon Cross, the highest village on Exmoor, the walk includes a variety of scenic interest including wooded combes and wild moorland.

distance 15.1mi Vertical gain +1775ft Vertical drop -1608ft Durée 8h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Knowstone - Devon

Stage 8 takes us into Exmoor National Park and back to some high ground but mostly it's a riverside walk along the River Barle that is a tributary to the River Exe that flows all the way to the south Devon coast at Exmouth. The route goes over Tar Steps near Hawkridge and has the option of finishing at Withypool or continuing to Exford to stay at the YHA.

distance 7.18mi Vertical gain +807ft Vertical drop -804ft Durée 4h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Brendon and Countisbury - Devon

Starting from Malmsmead, this walk in the Exmoor National Park includes sections in Devon and Somerset. The main focus of the route is areas associated with the Lorna Doone novels. However expect much more with valley and moorland walking in this excellent Exmoor walk.

distance 8.15mi Vertical gain +1148ft Vertical drop -1132ft Durée 4h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Selworthy - Somerset

Selworthy Beacon and North Hill are the main objectives of this walk from Bossington, Somerset. The route offers a variety of Exmoor scenery with coastal hills, views of high moors and the interesting village of Selworthy.

Wootton Courtenay and Timberscombe from Dunster
distance 8.39mi Vertical gain +1230ft Vertical drop -1247ft Durée 4h55 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Dunster - Somerset

This circular walk with ascends (one pretty steep!) and descents uses a section of Macmillan Way West with beautiful viewpoints from Grabbist and Knowle hills. Then, you will discover quiet villages and paths in Whits Wood before you go back to Dunster.

Watersmeet by Ash Bridge and South Hill Common
distance 3.04mi Vertical gain +617ft Vertical drop -614ft Durée 1h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Lynton and Lynmouth - Devon

This short circular walk with steep ascents and descents provides a good way to discover the beautiful river gorge at Watersmeet where Hoar Oak Water meets the East Lyn River. On your way, you will discover a lovely waterfall and viewpoints over the valley.

distance 4.28mi Vertical gain +873ft Vertical drop -840ft Durée 2h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Lynton and Lynmouth - Devon

This Exmoor walk includes coast, valley and high level sections. Starting from Lynmouth, the route climbs to Contisubury before crossing high pastures to descend to Watersmeet. The return leg of the walk follows the River Lyn downstream to the coast.

Hollerday Hill, The Valley of Rocks and South Cleave from Lynton
distance 3.78mi Vertical gain +948ft Vertical drop -945ft Durée 2h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Lynton and Lynmouth - Devon

This beautiful circular walk is perfect to discover the Valley of Rocks from several viewpoints. First, you will reach Hollerday Hill viewpoint before you go up to the South Cleave (steep section, avoid during wet conditions!). The views of these famous rocks from the paths which go to Lynton are gorgeous!

Holdstone Hill and Heddon's Mouth Cleave
distance 7.61mi Vertical gain +1391ft Vertical drop -1404ft Durée 4h45 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Trentishoe - Devon

This interesting walk with ascents and descents close to Trentishoe is the perfect way to discover gorgeous viewpoints including Holdstone Hill or enjoy beautiful valleys along River Heddon and streams.

Holcombe Rogus and Great Western Canal
distance 2.97mi Vertical gain +92ft Vertical drop -92ft Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Holcombe Rogus - Devon

Holcombe Rogus is situated on the Devon/Somerset border with the town of Wellington to the east and Tiverton to the west. This walk takes in rural farm land, which includes the Grand Western Canal nearby and the Blackdown Hills to the south.

Walking Codden Hill ( Download : )
Codden Hill
distance 2.33mi Vertical gain +315ft Vertical drop -338ft Durée 1h20 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bishop's Tawton - Devon

This short circular walk with ascents and descents close to Barnstaple provides a good way to explore Codden Hill which overlooks the surroundings valleys and River Taw Estuary.

distance 14.58mi Vertical gain +883ft Vertical drop -738ft Durée 7h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Morchard Bishop - Devon

There are basically two parts to the seventh stage; Morchard Bishop to Witherage and then Witherage to Knowstone, both 8 milers and through interesting Mid Devon agricultural landscape. We follow the River Datch for a while to reach Washford Pyne, then follow the Little Dart River. We meet the Ridge and Valley Walk at Witherage and, cross over the A 371.

distance 6.85mi Vertical gain +1191ft Vertical drop -1175ft Durée 4h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in West Quantoxhead - Somerset

This Somerset walk in the Quantock Hills provides some wonderful views of this beautiful part of Britain. The route follows well trodden paths and tracks for most the way. Choose a day with good visibility to make the most of this scenic walk.

Somerset’s Jurrasic Coast : Kilve & East Quantoxhead
distance 3.11mi Vertical gain +154ft Vertical drop -174ft Durée 1h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Kilve - Somerset

Along this coast, the dramatic cliffs are layered with blue, yellow and brown lias from the Lower Jurassic period embedded with fossils, particularly ammonites. The beach at Kilve is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Behind the coast, the Quantock Hills rise up at Quantoxhead. Across the Bristol Channel, there are fine views of South Wales, whilst further west along the coast behind Minehead is North Hill and Exmoor National Park.

An easy stroll around Nynehead in Somerset
distance 2.41mi Vertical gain +62ft Vertical drop -59ft Durée 1h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Nynehead - Somerset

This is a very easy, West Somerset walk around Nynehead. If you're a fan of Industrial Heritage, this is a walk-through history lesson is tucked into the landscape surrounding the village; add in great views and a fairly level route and you have a near-perfect short ramble with lots of interest on the way.

Quantock Circular in Ramscombe Forest
distance 3.82mi Vertical gain +505ft Vertical drop -499ft Durée 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Over Stowey - Somerset

A circular walk through mixed woodland with some steep ascents.

Walking Lydeard Hill to Wills Neck ( Download : )
distance 2.63mi Vertical gain +259ft Vertical drop -266ft Durée 1h25 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in West Bagborough - Somerset

A short easy stroll to the highest point of the Quantock Hills. Do choose a day with good visibility as the views in all directions are extensive.

The Torrs and Slade Reservoirs from Ilfracombe
distance 6.75mi Vertical gain +781ft Vertical drop -771ft Durée 3h45 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Ilfracombe - Devon

This pretty long circular walk explores a short section of the South West Coast path next to the Torrs leading to a wonderful viewpoint. Then, you will discover paths in farmland and follow the National Cycle Route 27 along Slade Reservoirs before you go back to Ilfracombe.

distance 14.89mi Vertical gain +1430ft Vertical drop -1594ft Durée 8h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Drewsteignton - Devon

Stage 6 is a tricky navigational test as we leave the Dartmoor National Park and head into Mid Devon. The route crosses the A 30, the main Exeter to Barnstaple rail line and the busy A 377. There's plenty to keep you occupied and some pretty hamlets to go through (avoiding some interesting villages, so you might be tempted to go off-route at some point).

distance 7.7mi Vertical gain +1171ft Vertical drop -1148ft Durée 4h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Moretonhampstead - Devon

A wonderful circular walk from Clifford Bridge to Fingle Bridge on a gentle path along the River Teign before heading steeply onto Butterdon Down and descending back to Clifford Bridge. Beautiful woodland views.

distance 6.52mi Vertical gain +1168ft Vertical drop -1155ft Durée 4h00 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in South Tawton - Devon

A Dartmoor walk that includes the most north-easterly summit in the National Park which offers some fine views especially to the north. The route needs careful navigation at the start and in poor weather you need a good sense of direction and compass skills.

distance 10.36mi Vertical gain +1752ft Vertical drop -1732ft Durée 6h15 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Belstone - Devon

A demanding Dartmoor walk that requires careful navigation and preferably good weather. The route uses a section of the Tarka Trail, visits some ancient monuments and visits the summits of a number of granite tors.

distance 6.24mi Vertical gain +758ft Vertical drop -741ft Durée 3h30 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Honiton - Devon

Honiton town centre walk to Colwell Woods/Offwell Woods.

Walking Throwleigh Church loop ( Download : )
distance 4.04mi Vertical gain +243ft Vertical drop -256ft Durée 2h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Throwleigh - Devon

A beautiful walk past granite Devon longhouses and open moorland on the edge of Dartmoor. It's recommended to do this walk clockwise as the last footpath is difficult to find going in the other direction.