Devon & Somerset Explorer Tour


This tour, originally designed as an add on for London-Land's End cyclists who also enjoy walking, is no longer available as a holiday package.

Nevertheless, if you are cycling London-Land's End and you wish to replace the hard route section across Exmoor (between Taunton and Barnstaple) by a (even harder) four-day-walk on the South West Coast Path, contact our friends of Tarka Cycle Hire in Barnstaple. They'll be able to collect your bicycle and panniers in Taunton to return it to you in Woolacombe, while you embark on a steam train and walking adventure as outlined below. For your daily luggage requirements on your walk, travel very light with a small rucksack or use the services of our friends of Luggage Transfers. All you need to arrange further is your overnight stays in Taunton, Porlock, Lynton, Combe Martin and Woolacombe.

Stage 1: Taunton - Minehead - Porlock: Stay overnight in Taunton to travel by taxi to Bishops Lydeard railway station the next morning. From there, you can embark on a 22 miles steam railway adventure. This journey lasts about an hour and offers great views of the Quantock and Brendon Hills . Have lunch on arrival in bustling Minehead before starting your walk on the South West Coast Path . Soon you will be out there on your own, climbing and descending , enjoying peace and quiet and taking in the breathtaking views across the Bristol Channel. The walk to the village of Porlock should take you about 4 hours. Stay overnight in this charming village in a stunning valley of natural beauty.

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Stage 2: Porlock - Lynton: The next morning we recommend to stock up on outdoors food and drinks , as you will be on your own for the rest of the day from the moment you walk into Exmoor National Park. The South West Coast Path takes you over England's highest cliffs, rising to 430 meters above sea level. Foreland Point is the most prominent landmark on today’s walk which will take you 7 to 8 hours to complete. Take the cliff railway from Lynmouth up to Lynton to spend the night there.

Stage 3: Lynton - Combe Martin: The next day another 7 to 8 hour walk is awaiting you. This section is the most remote part of the Exmoor section of the South West Coast Path, although there will be a fair amount of walkers at the beautiful Valley of Rocks just beyond Lynton. Beyond here the remote and strenuous Great Hangman Canyon awaits you, so ensure to buy enough food and drinks to be able to make it to Combe Martin, your next overnight destination.

Stage 4: Combe Martin - Woolacombe: The last day of walking provides the easy optional use of local buses, if you want to skip some miles of this leg. It is a 3 hour walk to the Victorian seaside resort of Ilfracombe and halfway you pass Watermouth Castle. Ilfracombe has a scenic harbour and is famous for its Verity Statue and the special Tunnels Beaches. The last part of the walk (Ilfracombe-Woolacombe) should take about 4 hours, taking you by Morte Point. The Woolacombe Sands are literally just around the corner of this dramatic cliff, marking the end of your four day walk. From Woolacombe, follow the National Cycle Network route to Barnstaple to rejoin the London-Land's End Cycle Route.

Do you speak Dutch? We have a guidebook available with the routes above (Dutch language only).

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