You’ll find the Valley of Rocks (sometimes called Valley of the Rocks) nestled on the dramatic, untouched North-Devon coastline here in the UK. This natural wonder is an absolute must see when visiting the region of Exmoor.
Even the name of this place sounds completely epic, don’t you think?
The Valley of Rocks offers a unique and rugged landscape, full of rough crags and impressive rock formations that protrude from the ground. Giving you a place to switch off from the stressful modern day world and breathe in the salty coastal sea-air. Those breath-taking seascape views can be enjoyed from the cliff top, or take the steep zig-zag path down to the cove below. Offering a place to relax and listen to the powerful waves as they crash against the shore and retreat back.
Here’s all you need to know about visiting this geological phenomenon in Exmoor.
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What is the Valley of Rocks?
The Valley of Rocks is a dry valley that showcases a wild and rugged coastline. With rocks dating all the way back to the Eifelian age (that’s somewhere between 393 to 387 million years ago!) It’s looking good for it’s age, huh?
Geologists believe that many, many moons ago, things looked a pretty different here. Back then the East Lyn River used to flow right through the valley, until the last ice-age caused the river to change it’s course. Resulting in the dry valley we get to see and explore today.
Today, this fun coastal pathway will treat you to the most awe-inspiring views, and the chance to clamber over some large boulders (should you fancy)! If you’re after a bit of R&R head to the small beach by following the zig-zag path that guides you down to the sandy cove of Lee Bay. A popular beach for kayaking. Or, if you’re feeling ballsy, a dip in the chilly British sea. Don’t forget to pack your quick drying beach towel!
Whilst waking around here, don’t be surprise to spot a herd of indigenous mountain goats grazing whilst precariously balanced on a tiny ledge! (am I the only one who’s amazed at how they scale the steep cliffs without loosing their footing?) But they are obviously pros, as they have roamed this pace for centuries!
Where is the Valley of Rocks and whats the postcode?
The Valley of Rocks is situated inside the Exmoor National Park, along the North Devon and Exmoor coastline in South West England. Just a stones throw from the beautiful town of Lynton, and village of Lynmouth.
This incredible dry river valley sits parallel to the Bristol Channel and is an absolute must see if you’re in the area. Even if it’s not right on your doorstep, its worth making the journey over to come and explore!
To get here, pop this address into your Google maps:
Valley of Rocks, Lee Road, Lynton, Devon, EX35 6JH
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Clamber up Castle Rock at The Valley of Rocks
If you fancy a bit of an extra thrill whilst you’re here. Then you should take the same route as us, and follow the short narrow path that leads you towards Castle Rock.
The tarmac path will eventually vanish, and the route will turn grassy, eventually becoming more of a scramble up towards the towering rock formations. Once at the top, you’ll feel as though you’re standing on top of the world! It’s a great spot to soak in those breath-taking sea views.
Just please use your common sense and be careful up here exploring Castle Rock. It’s a sheer drop down to the crashing sea below.
When is the best time to visit?
I think the warm golden glow of a sunset or sunrise is unbeatable for a dramatic landscape like this. You’ll miss the crowds too, but anytime of day will be enjoyable to explore the area.
As for what’s the best time of year to visit, I think this is a stunning place no matter the season. It will be busiest during peak summer season, so if you’re after a more peaceful experience, perhaps visit during spring or autumn.
We visited in November and there was only a handful of people around so it was super peacful.
To stay safe, you might just want to swerve this one on bad weather days. Especially If it’s blowing a gale or if Jack Frost has payed a visit, as his walk could become incredibly dangerous. The exposed coastal path runs high along the cliff edge, with a completely vertical drop.
You certainly wouldn’t want to slip or get blown off the edge!
If it looks dangerous. Don’t do it.
Save this walk for a better weather day. After-all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Valley of Rocks car park and facilities
There are a couple of nearby carparks for visiting the Valley of Rocks; Upper Valley Carpark, and Lower Valley Carpark. Both of which are very close to the rock formations. When it’s time to leave, you can drive all the way down into the valley where there is a large turning circle to head back out the way you came in.
At the lower valley carpark you’ll find Mother Meldrums Tea Garden café. Here you can grab a cup of tea, and feast your eyes over a fabulous selection of homemade cakes and deep filled fruit pies.
Then at the higher valley carpark, there’s no cafe but there is a handy public toilet block.
Both carparks are near by one another and both are chargeable. With an option to pay via cash, app or phone.
Alternatively, If you’re wanting a longer walk. Park in the nearby idyllic town of Lynton and begin the walk from there, this beautiful route will be around a 3 mile loop. We plan to do this next time we come to visit!
When is the valley open and do you have to pay?
The Valley of Rocks is FREE to explore (the car-parking is charged though) and open all year round. Giving you countless options to come and visit this fascinating site!
Are dogs allowed at Valley of the Rocks?
Yes! We saw lots of dogs out enjoying their walks here. But your 4-legged friends need to be kept on a lead at all times.
Not only because of the feral mountain goats, but also to keep your pooch safe from the unforgiving cliff edge.
Is this walk suitable for children?
Valley of the Rocks is suitable for children, but don’t take your eyes off them for a second!
It’s an open cliff path with zero railings and plenty of nosediving drops. If that leaves you feeling a little anxious, perhaps leave this one for when they are a bit older.
Other places you could explore
If you’re looking for some more lovely walks to do, why not give these places a go.
I hope your visit is full of fun and that you have a fantastic time exploring the Valley of the Rocks. It’s such an interesting and unusual coastal walk.