Visit the Valley of the Rocks, Devon

You don’t go to the Valley of the Rocks, Devon, to just look at rocks. As we drove into the large car park, I heard a woman say, “I can’t believe we drove two hours to look at some rocks.” I’m here to tell you that there is so much more to see at the Valley of the Rocks. You’ll be able to admire North Devon’s beautiful coastline, hike up some pretty dramatic rocks, spot loads of wild goats, and even walk into Lynton. I promise you, you will not have a ‘baaaad’ time. (See what I did there?) Here I go again, laughing to myself with another bad pun!

Valley of the rocks Devon

Here’s The Need to Knows Before You Go

Valley of the rocks walk - cliff side

If you’re in the North Devon area, the Valley of the Rocks needs to be on your itinerary. It makes for a great morning of hiking and sightseeing. Not only that, you’ll spot loads of friendly goats along the way. I mean, who doesn’t love wild goats?!

Parking: There is plenty of parking as you drive up. It is pay and display and you can choose the length of time you pay for!

Toilets: There are public toilets (and they’re free). They were pretty clean when we visited, well, as far as public toilets go.

Food: There’s Mother Meldrum’s tea garden and cafe right by the lower car park where you can stop for a small bite to eat and a hot drink. There is plenty of seating inside and in the garden. In the warmer months, there is even an ice cream truck! You’ll always see me go for a chocolate flavour.

About the Valley

Valley of the rocks walk - railway view

Known as a ‘dry valley’, you’ll instantly notice how it runs along the beautiful turquoise colour sea. It’s so close to Lynton that you can actually walk there while staying mostly along the sea path! I must point out that if heights make you nervous, your knees might wobble a bit if you choose to walk to the edge of the beautiful cliff edges. But, that is where you will get the best view! The valley is known for its caves and stunning rock formations.

‘Visit Exmoor’ say that during the Ice Age the East Lyn River couldn’t reach the sea and was diverted. Once the ice melted, the river could flow down its original path which left the valley dry. So, the U shape formed from many years of the valley shifting.

What is the Valley of the Rocks?

Rock viewpoint from the top of the rocks

The Valley of the Rocks is a huge coastline on the northern side of Exmoor. Exmoor is known to have a diverse landscape, or so I learnt during my research! This valley is full of various beautiful viewpoints, that you can actually walk up from different areas. As you go higher, the wind will kiss your face and also sting your ears! (If you have sensitive ears, like me) Above all, take a walk on the wild side, literally, and soak up the breathtaking views of the sea and cliff edges.

Where is the Valley of the Rocks?

Footpath signs towards Lynton village

Located in Exmoors coastline, this valley can be found about 1/2 mile from Lynton. A lovely little village that is also worth popping in to for the short walk and why not stop for a bite to eat or a drink. You can park in Lynton and then walk down to the valley, but I recommend parking closer to the valley. As you drive down to the car park, not only do you get goegrous views, but you also get serious Jurassic Park vibes! Plus, you can walk the loop, past the cliff railway and back into Lynton. It’s a great way to make the most out of the day.

The exact address is: Hollerday Hill, Lynton, Exmoor, Devon, EX35 6JH.

Spotting Animals on your walk

Wild goats on the cliffs

I mean, the goats will catch your eye straight away! Not just for their friendly gaze and amazing beards, but also because of the way they jump down the cliffs and lounge right by the edge. For me, nothing about that shouts out ‘relaxing’, but they are naturals. There are signs asking you not to feed the goats, and to admire from a distance.

Fun fact: Every so often more goats are released in the area to help with the population. By doing this, the goats flourish and also the flora and fauna improve as well.

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So, now you know, there’s so much more to see and do at the Valley of the Rocks,Devon, than just some old rocks! I goat you, travel friends! (There I go with the bad goat puns again…)

Frequently Asked Questions

Where to park at the valley of the rocks?

There is an upper car park by the entrance and another one closer to the main walk, by the rsetaurant. both are pay and display

Valley of the Rocks car park postcode?

EX35 6JH

How long does the walk take?

About 2 hours. Allow time to stop along the way and explore. It can take longer if you stop for food or drink.

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16 Comments

  1. 26 September 2021 / 9:48 AM

    What an incredible landscape! That stretch along the coastline looks stunning! I love discovering fascinating and otherworldly landscapes, I’d love to visit the Valley of the Rocks in Devon! Thanks for the great guide!

    • 26 September 2021 / 3:26 PM

      It truly is an incredible landscape. Definitely worth visiting! Thank you for your kind words and support!

  2. 27 September 2021 / 12:22 AM

    Wow the Valley of the Rocks looks so beautiful. How cute are the goats just chilling on the rocks lol

    • 27 September 2021 / 7:11 PM

      They were so cute and so friendly!

  3. 27 September 2021 / 12:45 AM

    First of all, I love a good (and even a bad) pun, haha! I had actually never heard of the Valley of the Rocks nor have I visited Devon, but it looks really beautiful out there and well worth the visit. Thank you for sharing your insights in this helpful, bite-sized post. I feel like you were able to fit in a lot of information into a quick and easy-to-read guide, which I can really appreciate, especially with how busy everyone is these days! I will definitely be taking some pointers for my future posts (I tend to write pretty long posts – whoops!) ?. Xx Sara

    • 27 September 2021 / 7:17 PM

      Oh wow! This is one of the nicest comments I have ever received. You’ve made my day! Thank you, Sara, for your support! Sometimes when I am researching spots I like bite-sized guides, so I like to publish a mix on my blog. I’m glad that I have inspired you for your blog! I really do hope that you get to visit Devon one day. It is a beautiful place. 🙂

  4. 27 September 2021 / 2:02 AM

    Wow such a detailed guide. Honestly, I have never heard of the Valley of the Rocks before. It is added to my list now for sure. Thanks for sharing what they are. It seems like such a nice walk and to spot different view points along route. It looks absolutely beautiful there. I know for sure I would be looking out for all the animals. Those goats were too cute would love to be on the look out for them!

    • 27 September 2021 / 7:18 PM

      Thank you! It is a great place and definitely worth visiting. Tricky with public transport so you’d need a car. And you won’t miss the goats! They’re very friendly and close to the paths 🙂

  5. 27 September 2021 / 10:49 AM

    Oh how I miss the English coast! I have quite neglected Devon but I used to go on holiday there as a kid and have such fond memories. I’d love to go back as an adult and explore the endless walking trails and see views like these. Stunning!

    • 27 September 2021 / 7:19 PM

      The English coast is really something! You’d love it as an adult. I think because it is further away it is often skipped. But Devon is definitely worth the extra trip. 🙂

  6. ildikomdd463b962f
    28 September 2021 / 12:33 AM

    Wow!! What an awesome landscape. I was not familiar with this area, but I’m sure impressed by it.

    • 28 September 2021 / 5:46 PM

      It’s really beautiful! Definitely not a well known place, but worth the visit!

  7. Rhonda Albom
    28 September 2021 / 3:47 AM

    I love the views on this trail. Having the sea and the contrasting rough rocks attracts me. And, I agree, those goats are a nice treat.

    • 28 September 2021 / 5:47 PM

      Thank you, Rhonda. It’s a great place for a walk/ light hike. And I so agree. The contrast in the environment is wonderful!

  8. 1 October 2021 / 4:39 PM

    This hike sounds so fun! I would love to see the goats up close – the only time i’ve been able to spot them they are so far away I can’t even see them with my zoom lens! Pinning this on the bucket list!

    • 2 October 2021 / 12:56 PM

      Oh, wow! You won’t have that problem here. The goats are very up close and personal! I hope you get to explore this area one day. It’s a great hike!

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