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Lee Abbey and Exmoor Coast

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Lee Abbey and Exmoor Coast is a 4.5 kilometer loop trail located near Lynton, Devon, England that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

DISTANCE
4.5 km
ELEVATION GAIN
228 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

views

The walk is a circular route starting by the side of the Meldrums Tea Gardens near Lynton in Devon. The public car park is pay and display and is intended for people visiting the nearby Valley of Rocks. The valley is an interesting geological feature unique to this area of coast and is worth a visit even though it is not covered on this walk. The walk itself starts with an easy stretch following a tarmac road and then onto fairly flat footpaths winding through this part of the North Devon coast. There are many small attractive coves and bays with shingle beaches if you have plenty of time to take the detour down to them. You will pass Lee Abbey, a Christian community founded in 1946. The building itself is Grade II listed and the community offers a retreat, family holidays, conferences etc. Beyond the Abbey, the walk doubles back in an ever increasing uphill climb, eventually reaching the top of the hills that you will have been following on your left all the way from the car park. The route includes several gradients throughout, including some steep sections and the hilltop paths are exposed. The climb from the Abbey in the valley up the hillside is quite strenuous, it is steep and comprised of a mixture of farm track, grass and rocky heath, but extensive views of the surrounding coast can be had from the top and most of the climb up. The first stretch follows an access road without pavements, so take care of traffic here. You will need to negotiate several gates and steps but there are no stiles. This part of the Lynton coast is roamed freely by mountain goats. Allow 2 hours.

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