Walk - Cherryford Hill

6.1 miles (9.8 km)

Hunter's Inn - EX31 4PY Hunter's Inn

Challenging - Footpaths, tracks, quiet lanes, some ascent and descent

A bracing walk around a rocky headland high above the sea and into ancient hanging oak woods, clinbing to Martinhoe Common, with a breathtaking coastal waterfall, unusual rocks and a tale of a monster fish.

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Cornwall House

A self-catering apartment and ensuite double room situated minutes from Combe Martin's stunning beaches, shops and cafes and a short walk from the path.

Mannacott Farm, near Hunters Inn

Delicious farmhouse breakfast served with views over Trentishoe Down. Contact 01598 763227 or [email protected] Packed lunch available on request. 

Martinhoe Cleave Cottages

Stay at these lovely, well-appointed cottages (2 cottages sleep 2 people and one cottage sleeps 2-4 people) and explore the dramatic South West Coast Path. Tel: 01598 753987

Longmead House

One of Lynton’s best kept secrets, beautiful Victorian B&B offers plenty of comfort after a long day’s walk with picturesque gardens, en-suite bedrooms and breakfast like no other.

The Denes Guest House

The Denes offer locally sourced food and comfortable en-suite bedrooms, facilities to dry outdoor gear and a selection of maps. Books, DVDs and board games for relaxation.

Gable Lodge Guest House

Family run guest house offering family friendly bed and breakfast accommodation. Freshly prepared evening meals using local produce.

South View Guest House

We look forward to welcoming you to our newly refurbished & upgraded Edwardian Guest House. Ideally located for pubs, restaurants, shops and the spectacular North Devon Coast Path.

The Crown Hotel

A warm welcome awaits at the Crown Hotel, originally a coaching inn. Located in the heart of Lynton, a quiet base to explore N.Devon's rugged coastline. One night stays and dogs welcome.

St Vincent Guest House

Beautiful grade II Georgian B&B in the heart of Lynton, minutes from the coastal path. Packed lunch by arrangement & all diets catered for.

Orchard House Hotel

Friendly, homely atmosphere. Full English breakfast, licensed bar, kit drying, luggage transfers,single occupancy reductions,walking parties welcome as well as pets & children

Hillside House B&B

Situated on the East Lyn River, we are ideally suited to walkers needs, 400 yards from the Coast Path. The perfect location to explore & enjoy coast, riverside & woodland.

The Old Sea Captains House

Set against the mouth of the East Lyn River, the Captain’s House offers an ideal base from which to explore the Exmoor and North Devon coastline.

Lorna Doone House

Licensed guest house ideally suited for the Coast Path. Evening meals by request.

Longlands Glamping

Luxury Glamping, multi-award winning lodges with hot tubs & boating lake. Mid-week offers. Dogs welcome. Optional catering

The Blue Ball Inn

The Blue Ball Inn is a dog-friendly traditional coaching inn, located in the hamlet of Countisbury, offering a high standard of bed and breakfast accommodation with a warm welcome.

Interactive Elevation

Route Description

  1. From the road outside the Hunter's Inn, take the path to the right-hand (eastern) side of the inn and walk a short way uphill until it forks. Take the left-hand fork and follow it downhill and alongside the river for about three quarters of a mile, until you come to a path to your right, leading uphill through the woods.

Hunter's Inn has been here since the early half of the nineteenth century, although the thatched cottage of that time burnt down a few decades later and was replaced by the current building. As you might expect, even in these early days of tourism the stunning beauty of the landscape around the Exmoor coastline attracted people from all over the country, (including several of the Romantic poets), and at one time the inn was the area's largest employer (see the Heddon's Mouth Cleave Walk).

  1. Take this path, and follow it as it climbs steeply out of the woods and pulls up the bare hillside beyond. At the headland it turns abruptly to the right and continues eastwards along the coast, around the outcrops at Great Burland Rocks and into the combe at Hollow Brook.

There are a few heady moments at the very top, even on this lower path, when the rocky outcrops to your left look a long way from the sea below, and the opposite path around the wild, romantic headland across the plunging valley looks impossibly high. Anyone's imagination would run riot here; which probably explains the legend of the Gurt Fish of Wringapeak. Whatever you do, don't try swimming in the dark waters down there, or this mythical monster fish will have you!

The breathtaking waterfall at Hollow Brook plunges a distance of 200 metres to the sea, in a series of cascades and two near-vertical drops of 50 metres each, and it is one of the westcountry's highest coastal waterfalls. The rocks here, too, are of geological importance, marking the southern shoreline of the Old Red Sandstone continent (see the Martinhoe Roman Fortlet Walk).

  1. The path carries on around the cliffs and starts to climb between the outcrops and into the ancient oak woods. Stay with it as it curves around and starts to drop gently into West Woody Bay Wood. Leave the Coast Path above Martinhoe Manor and take the right-hand fork onto the track which climbs slowly back up towards the lane above.
  2. When you come to the path pulling steeply uphill to your right, turn onto it and make your way to the path running along the top edge of the woodland. Cross this path, and carry straight on over the hill, along the boundaries of two fields, to the road beyond.
  3. Crossing the road, pick up the footpath opposite and follow it very gently uphill to the top of the common, aiming for the stile towards the right-hand side of the fence in the first field.
  4. Reaching the road beyond, turn left and walk a couple of hundred yards to the south east.
  5. Follow the bridleway leading away through the fields to your right, around the top of the hill and dropping very gently down towards Kernacott.
  6. Another bridleway merges from the left, and you travel another hundred yards westwards to Kernacott.
  7. Take the track leading away to the left, and follow it as it loops between the fields, to turn abruptly to the right at the end and fetch up on the road as it drops sharply from Killington, just above you on the left.
  8. Turn right onto the road and follow it for about half a mile as it travels down around the edge of the trees.
  9. Ignoring the track to your left at the bottom of the hill, stay with the lane as it turns right through woodland to Mill Farm.
  10. Turn left onto the footpath into Heale Wood, crossing the stream via the footbridge.
    When the path forks a short while later, the choice is yours; the top (left-hand) path travels a little higher through the woods but rejoins the lower path a little further on.
  11. If you opt for the upper path, however, take the right-hand fork at the next junction of paths, or you'll find yourself heading around the top of the hill towards Trentishoe, with a much longer walk back to the start!
  12. When the two lower paths merge, carry on northwards through Invention Wood until you come back to the road at Hunter's Inn.

Public transport

The nearest bus stop is at Woody Bay Station, some distance from this walk. There are several buses a day between Barnstaple and Lynmouth that stop here. For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the bus stops, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.


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