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New walk Woody Bay

I have added a new walk from Lee Bay (Lynton) to Woody Bay, Walk4awalk4a.pdf.  The first part heads out through Caffyns Heanton Wood, along the Bonhill valley and over fields before descending to Woody Bay, where it picks up walk 4 to return to Lee Bay.  It can be started from either Lee Bay or the parking area above Woody Bay.  Hardy walkers may want to start it from Lynton or Lynmouth, combining it with walk 5, or from Hunter's Inn, with the circular alternative walk 4. 

The Lynton area walks were starting to cross over in a less than logical way, so I have done some rationalisation to help with linking walks together.  All the circular routes in the area are now clockwise, i.e. they head east along the coast and west inland.  The circuits are fairly short (5-7 miles) but they are hilly and easily make the 'blue' category - so combining two together will  involve around 1000 metres of ascent.  If anyone does the marathon circuit of all four walks between Hunter's Inn and Watersmeet in one go, please let me know - it's nearly 19 miles with 1850m of climbs!

  • Walk 4 stays the same - Parracombe to Lynton - including the alternative circuit from Hunter's Inn to Woody Bay.  This can easily be linked with walk 4A.
  • Walk 4A links with walks 4 and 5. 
  • Walk 5 is now clockwise, with slightly amended instructions for the short walk around Hollerday Hill.  It links with walks 4A and 5A.
  • Walk 5A no longer has the clockwise version of walk 5 as an extension - it simply links to walk 5. 
  • Walk 5B stays the same (and is anticlockwise, which allows the outward part to be used as an alternative return for 5A).

GPX files for 4 alternative, 4A and clockwise 5 are now on the GPX page.

Here are the routes in a diagram:

 

Lynton walks

 

 

Herepath, Tea rooms closing and opening

The tea rooms at Hinam Farm near Dulverton and Pulhams Mill near Wimbleball Lake have both closed.  I have updated the relevant walks to remove reference to them. 

Some better news, Egans at Boeveys in Simonsbath has finally opened.  From my one visit [update - now several visits] so far I can recommend it.  It doesn't have a huge amount of room for large groups (there's some outdoor seating at the back), but the coffee and cake were excellent.  They also do light lunches.

I have also reorganised the information on the Herepath so that it is all on one pdf file and taken down the separate Herepath page.  The Herepath notes can be found here Herepathherepath.pdf, or via the Quantocks or Central Exmoor-North pages.

Site readability

I've had some feedback that the coloured diamond grade symbols on the walks index pages all appear red on some devices.  I'm changing these so that the grade is reflected by the number of diamonds as well as the colour, e.g. 1 (yellow) diamond = easiest grade, 2 (green) = moderate, etc.