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!
Here’s The Need to Knows Before You Go
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
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?
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?
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
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?
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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