GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Valley of the Rocks

4 miles (6.2 km)

This walk visits the amazing Valley of the Rocks in the Exmoor National Park. The dry valley contains the geological marvels known as the Lynton Beds. These ancient rocks are a spectacular sight and hugely popular with walkers.
This 4 mile circular walk starts in Lynton and heads west along the South West Coast Path to the Valley. Look out for feral goats as you make your way through the countryside. It's a good path and a fairly easy climb from Lynton, with wonderful views of the North Devon coast. You'll pass Wringcliff Bay, Castle Rock, Lee Bay and Lee Abbey.

Valley of the Rocks OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Valley of the Rocks Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head west of the rocks and you can visit the nearby Woody Bay. Here you'll find a peaceful wooded cove with waterfalls, woodland trails and splendid views of the Bristol Channel.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Devon Walks and the Exmoor Walks pages.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

The Valley of the Rocks - geograph.org.uk - 1471533

A popular tourist destination, the Valley of the Rocks to the west of Lynton.

Wild goats on the coastal path, Valley of the Rocks - geograph.org.uk - 1395032

Wild goats on the coastal path

Coast approaching the Valley of the Rocks - geograph.org.uk - 1471522

Coast approaching the rocks.

The White Lady, Castle Rock - geograph.org.uk - 237608

The White Lady footpath sign, Castle Rock.

View north of the Valley of Rocks - geograph.org.uk - 429809

View north of the site.

Roundabout, Valley of Rocks - geograph.org.uk - 1261465

Roundabout from above. The Valley of Rocks runs roughly parallel with the coast of North Devon to the west of Lynton. It is the original course of the West Lyn River but some calamitous event caused the river to change its route many years ago, probably during the last Ice Age. So now the valley is dry and quite remarkably spectacular with towering lumps of rock on the northern side, and higher sweeping hills to the south. This view is taken from near to Rugged Jack, one of the large lumps of rock and is looking roughly westwards up the valley. Centre of picture is the rather curious little roundabout, which it seems serves no readily identifiable purpose.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Valley of the Rocks.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Valley of the Rocks.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)