Lynton & Lynmouth
Lynmouth is situated on the northern edge of Exmoor, beside the river Lyn and the sea, and below its twin town of Lynton on the hillside above. The two are connected by the famous Lynton & Lynmouth cliff railway which you can use if you don’t have the energy to walk up the very steep hill to check out fabulous views over the sea and the rolling hills of Exmoor.
The main photo above is the Rhenish tower, with Countisbury Hill in the background. The tower was originally built as a beacon in 1860 – and later had to be rebuilt following the catastrophic flood which hit the town in 1952, when an August storm deposited 9 inches of rain in 24 hours, and the resultant flash flood destroyed 100 buildings and killed 34 people.
One of my favorite north Devon locations is the nearby Valley Of The Rocks – a location that swarms with tourists in the summer but can be a remote, lonely and atmospheric place out of season (which is how I prefer it!). It’s just a short walk from Lynton along a spectacular stretch of the South West Coast Path which clings to the coast between cliffs and the sea. When I first walked this stretch of the Coast Path many years ago I was delayed for some time by feral goats – famous residents of the valley who decided to fight on the narrow path in front of me, and were busy head-butting each other, leaving me no-where to go except stand and watch until they had finished.