Lynton – the village on the top of the cliffs, and Lynmouth the beach and harbourside village form one of England’s most appealing destination for anyone who loves the great outdoors. There are wonderful, sandy beaches, windswept moors, beautiful villages, and some of the most incredible walks you will experience. The Valley of Rocks Hotel sits at the top, a perfect vantage point to survey both the sea and the countryside.
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Some of these attractions are very close to the Valley of Rocks Hotel – but, of course, we are set up on the clifftop! You can walk up and down, but the Cliff Railway is the perfect way to get to Lynton.
Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, 150 metres
This famous funicular cliff railway is the highest and steepest completely water-powered railway in the world. Opened in 1890, the historic cliff railway connects the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth and provides spectacular coastal views. Above the lower station at 500 feet is the grade II listed Cliff Top Cafe, which will provide you with tea and coffee whilst you take in one of the best views you'll ever see.
Lynton Cinema, 200 metres
Listed as one of the top 50 independents in the country, this luxurious cinema is in a grade II listed former Methodist Chapel. Now with full Dolby Digital sound, the 70-seat cinema shows a mix of blockbusters and classics.
Lymouth Boat Trips, 0.5 mile
Departing regularly from the Lynmouth Quay, a wonderful opportunity to see the hidden coves along the coast of Exmoor.
Glen Lyn Gorge, 0.7 mile
A lovely walk, and a fascinating insight into the location of Britain’s first tidal current turbine.
Valley of Rocks, 1.4 miles
One of Devon’s must-sees. A spectacular valley a few minutes’ walk from the Hotel, with breath-taking views across the ocean to South Wales and for a very rare breed of goats. You can experience this natural treasure – part of the South West Coastal Path – in many ways: on foot, on a bike or even by car driving along the coast.
National Trust Watersmeet, 2.4 miles
A simply beautiful walk through the woodland surrounding Lynton and Lynmouth, along the river path and ending up at Watersmeet and this National Trust property with garden and café.
Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, 4 miles
Board the traditional train at Woody Bay Stations and take a journey back in time with this wonderful and unique two-mile experience through spectacular countryside.
Check out OSKC Watersports who are based on Combe Martin Beach just 10 miles away, and offer paddleboarding and guided kayak tours.
Arlington Court, 10 miles
An intriguing Regency house with an amazing collection of horse-drawn vehicles, a picturesque garden, and a café.
Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre, 14 miles
A world renowned centre in a unique setting. Come and marvel at these birds of prey. There are also horse-riding trips on Exmoor from here.
Exmoor National Park
Loads of activities for lovers of the outdoors, with endless footpaths through woodlands, along rivers and across some of the highest cliffs in England. Cycling enthusiasts are also well catered for, with trails that range from a gentle meander through the countryside to a challenging track across tough mud-splattered terrain.
Exmoor Wildlife Safari
Picking up from Exford (14 miles), Dunster (20 miles) and Dulverton (23 miles) this is a fantastic way to see Exmoor and learn about the range of flora and fauna and natural landscapes that it is home to.
Dunkery and Horner Wood National Nature Reserve, 17 miles
One of the largest and most beautiful ancient oak woods in Britain, a National Nature Reserve nestled on the Holnicote Estate.
National Trust Dunster Castle, 20 miles
An ancient castle and country home with dramatic views and subtropical gardens. The village of Dunster is a fun trip too, with a range of cafés, pubs and artisan shops.