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Exmoor Sea Traverse

Plenty of opportunity for some wild adventure.

The Exmoor Coast Traverse lies between Foreland Point, Lynmouth and Combe Martin, North Devon. The route follows a line between the water and the grass line. Takes a group of four about four/five days to complete; two might do it in two/three days. Best section between Woody Bay and Heddon's Mouth [2km, SS664496]. Hardest section between Lynmouth/Wringcliff Bay under the valley of the rocks. Lots of new Martin Crocker hard conventional routes here.

There is a seasonal climbing restriction from 1 March to 31 July on the section of the ECT between Wringapeak (O.S. 673496) and Heddon's Mouth (O.S. 654497).

Did you know? The Exmoor shoreline is the most remote in England. Because of the height and steepness of the cliffs, there is no landward access to the six mile stretches of shoreline from Combe Martin to Heddon's Mouth and Countisbury to Glenthorne and there are few places where you could land even a small boat. It is estimated that if you were to wait for tides low enough to walk between access points it would take five years to walk the 34 mile length of shore. Even then some serious rock climbing would be involved.

Did you know? Exmoor has the highest coastline on the British mainland. It reaches a height of 314 metres (1350ft) at Culbone Hill. However, here the crest of the coastal ridge of hills is more than a mile from the sea. If a cliff is defined as having a slope greater than 60 degrees, the highest cliff on mainland Britain is on Great Hangman near Combe Martin. The coastal hill is 318 metres (1043 ft) high with a cliff face of 250 metres (800ft).

Tidetable: http://www.devon-caravan-holidays.co.uk/exmouth_tide_table.htm

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