Walks

captivating and exhilarating country walks

We are famous for our captivating & exhilarating country walks which vary from relaxing to exhausting! The Hunters Inn to Woody Bay walk was included in the Guardian’s Great British Walks, perfect for working up an appetite. You can view local walks below - we also have walking maps available at the bar which will help you plan your adventures from the inn.

Woody Bay and the Beacon

Start: Hunters Inn (SS 655 481)

Distance: 9 km (5 ¾ miles)

Time: Approx 3 ½ hours

Route Terrain: Non rocky paths, steady ascents and descents and coastal woodland

OS Map: Landranger 180 (Barnstaple and Ilfracombe) Explorer OL9 Exmoor

A circular walk taking in both the coast path and a wide Victorian drive with spectacular views of Exmoor, the coastline and South Wales.
Coming out of the Hunters Inn take the path to the left of the hotel signposted Heddon’s Mouth Woody Bay. Keep left at a fork and at the bridge do not cross the river but keep straight ahead. The terrain opens up as you ascend and at a junction turn right onto the Coast Path, signposted Woody Bay. A narrow path ascends steadily up the east
side of the valley and crosses Hill Brook. Reaching Highveer Point, cast your eye over the magnificent coastal views to Widmouth Head near Ilfracombe and east to the Foreland beyond Lynmouth. The coast path runs east to Great Burland Rocks, past the 656ft waterfall in hollow Brook Combe with views to Woody Bay and Lee Abbey.
The Coast Path wends through Woody Bay Woods, finally meeting a lane on a hairpin bend. The path bears left downhill; take the right fork walking uphill climbing steadily to reach a T junction. Turn right and walk uphill past the parking area on the left and where the lane turns sharp left carry straight on along a wide track, a Victorian
carriageway signposted to Hunters Inn. The track takes you along West Woody Bay Wood, a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for its sessile oakwoods. Passing through a gate the track enters open country and drops down into a combe, Hollow Brook. A small path to the left leads to the Beacon, the site of a round fortlet which was
occupied by a garrison of 80 Roman soldiers c AD50 – 74.
The track leads on and inland to Heddon Mouth Cleave with stunning views of the steep sided valley ahead. The track descends gently crossing Hill Brook and steadily on to the welcoming sight of the Hunters Inn and a deserved pint!

Hunters Inn/Martinhoe

Start: Hunters Inn (SS 655 481)

Distance: 7km (4 ½ miles)

Time: Approx 2 hours

Route Terrain: Well graded and surfaced path with spectacular views of the coast, Exmoor and South Wales. One steady climb and one steep descent. Parking Hunters Inn (SS 655 481)

OS Map: Landranger 180 (Barnstaple and Ilfracombe) Explorer OL9 Exmoor

Well graded even path, quiet lanes and one steep descent. Spectacular views of Exmoor and the coastline stretching across to South Wales. Coming out of the Hunters Inn take the path to the left of the hotel signposted Heddon’s Mouth Woody Bay. Take right fork signed Woody Bay, a wide path which was once a carriage drive between the hunters Inn and Woody Bay. The path curves eastward round Hill Brook where you will leave Heddon Mouth Cleave. The path continues for 2.5km, with a small signposted diversion up to the Roman Fortlet on Martinhoe Beacon, 250m (800ft) above sea level. Returning to the main path, continue along the top edge of the woods until you reach a second gate. do not take the lane but turn sharp right, signposted Footpath Martinhoe, cutting back along a narrow uphill path till you reach another lane. Turn right to Martinhoe Church. Turn right out of the churchyard and follow the lane left and uphill. After about 800m take a right turn and follow this lane downhill, past Mannacott Farm and steeply down to the Hunters Inn where you will find a warm welcome and a well earned pint!

Lynton/Valley of the Rocks

Start: Bottom Meadow Car Park, Castle Hill, Lynton (SS 72114 49313)

Distance: 6.6km (4 miles)

Time: Approx 2 hours

Route Terrain: Coastal path, short lane section,

OS Map: Landranger 180 (Barnstaple and Ilfracombe) Explorer OL9 Exmoor

Well established coastal path, short lane section and return by inland path. Exceptional views of the Valley of the Rocks. Feral goats graze in this area. Turn left out of the car park and walk a short distance uphill to the church on your right. Take the turning on the right for North Walk Hill, past hotels and signpost for Valley of the Rocks. Cross over the cliff railway into an avenue and onto a broad path with wonderful views of the foreland and across to South Wales. At a junction signposted Coast Path Castle Rock keep straight ahead and soak up the glorious vista. At a roundabout, bear right to join the lane ahead signposted Coast Path (Along Road). After 100m, go right onto the footpath, parallel to the road, then back onto the road 500m ahead. Continue on to Lee Abbey, then at the signpost Lee Abbey and Lynton bear left where you will enter Six Acre Wood. Pass the 1st unsigned path on the left and onto the next signposted Bridleway Six Acre Cross. This turning is a sharp left turn almost doubling back on yourself. Climb steadily onwards and at the next sign follow the path for Lynton Via Southcliffe. The path climbs on and through a gate and after 200m meets a fork. Bear right, taking the upper path and follow a series of steep zig zags, leading to the top of the ridge. Enjoy the fine views which the ridge affords until the path descends to a junction. Keep right and 200m ahead turn left to join a lane. Turn left signposted Lynton and this path will take you downhill into the town. Turn down Lydiate Lane and signs for Town centre which will take you all the way down, past the Crown Hotel, the library and school, back to the car park at Bottom Meadow.

Trentishoe Down/Heddons Mouth

Start: Hunters Inn (SS 655 481)

Distance: 10.8km (6 ¾ miles)

Time: Approx 4 hours

Route Terrain: Woodland tracks, moorland, uneven coast path, long, steep descent to finish

OS Map: Landranger 180 (Barnstaple and Ilfracombe) Explorer OL9 Exmoor

Heddon’s Mouth, the haunt of smugglers in the 18th and 19th centuries, is one of Exmoor’s few accessible coves. This track follows the lofty Coast Path, across Trentishoe Down, affording spectacular views of the coastline and finally down through the sessile oaklands of the Heddon Valley.
Coming out of the hunters Inn turn right along Jose’s Lane and cross the River Heddon. Just before crossing the bridge, turn left through a gate and at the next junction turn right, passing to the left of a pretty cottage. Cross a stream and turn left along a level track through woodland. At a fork take the left, lower, path which follows a wall to meet a lane where you take a left.
After a short distance, turn right onto a rocky path signposted Ladies Mile, a path cut into the hillside, which takes you along the top of the woodland. This level path leads to Trentishoe Manor and was thought to have been constructed so that the ladies of the manor could walk to church. Before reaching the manor look for a narrow path leading off to the right and uphill.
There follows a steady climb with some short level stretches, eventually emerging from the woodland into gorse and bracken and a grassy path underfoot. Follow the dry stone wall on your left till it drops away 90* left where the path carries on uphill. Continue on uphill past a small post, following the path over the edge of Trentishoe Down. This site was home to a group of Bronze Age barrows and here it levels off to meet a road and the contemporary Glass House. Looking west, the magnificent Holdstone Down can be seen, the highest coastal hill in the southwest at 1,145ft.
Turn right and take in the fabulous views of the cliffs on the eastern side of Heddon’s Mouth and of the Beacon. The lane descends gently and at the 1st parking area, bear left walking through to a broad grassy path continuing down to meet the Coast Path.
Turn right and follow the coast Path, now rocky underfoot and at the next fork keep straight ahead. The path continues through 2 gates and across an area of grassland above Neck Wood. Follow the bank and pass through another 2 gates, keeping straight ahead. Eventually, take a left at a footpath post keeping to the Coast Path. The path now becomes rocky underfoot and somewhat exposed, as you head towards Peter Rock. Here the path turns sharp right with stunning views below of Heddon’s Mouth and a restored 19th century double limekiln which lies on the rocky beach. The path now runs inland, across an area of scree, downhill into woodland and through a gate.
Turn right onto a broad track which now runs along the valley bottom and to a kissing gate.
Turn left, passing Harry’s Orchard, stocked with traditional English varieties and cross the river back to the welcoming sight of the Hunters Inn. Rest your weary body and slake your thirst in the convivial atmosphere of this historic inn!