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PostSubject: Lynmouth and Lynton Exmoor Devon   Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:52 pm

The resorts of Lynton and Lynmouth are in Exmoor at the mouth of the River Lyn.


Lynmouth became well known for its disaster in 1952, when 9 inches of rain fell in one night on Exmoor causing the River Lyn to flood, destroying large parts of the town. Shops in the town of Lynmouth still show the level the river rose with marks above their doors. Thirty nine people lost their lives in the flood and a museum has been set up in the town with a model of the Lynmouth that had been created before the flood as its centre piece.





Mrs Delboy and I spent 4 days there as a walking holiday. We chose the Bath Hotel and were offered their flagship room for a cheaper price as it was the only room available.





We had views of the river and harbour from our window.



Lynton and Lynmouth apart from the road are connected by the Lynton and Lynmouth cliff railway, a water driven train which scales some 700ft up the cliff face to reach Lynton.



There is also a zigzag path which crosses the railway but is quite a breathtaking walk even for the fit. These cliffs are said to be the highest cliffs in England and access to these two towns can only be reach by road over Pollock hill a very steep hill or across the moors.



The towns during the day are tourist traps and shops sell all kinds of novelties and gifts whilst pubs and restaurants also do a good trade but after 4 pm the town quietens down for the evening.





We did three walks whilst there, the first was a walk along the river banks set in a very deep valley to a place called Watersmeet where two rivers meet and then flow down to the Lynmouth harbour.





At this point, where two rivers meet, there is a cafe run by the National Trust which sells Devon cream teas.





On our second day we took the cliff train up to Lynton where the North Walk starts leading to the Valley of the Rocks.





The walk follows the coastal path and takes you passed various rock formations that have myths and legends. Some of these rocks can be climbed for better views.





Walking on, one takes the road down to Lee Bay where you can treat yourself to another cream tea in the cottage garden at the Bay.



For those not used to walking hills, it’s a return trip back over the same route but for others a steady 900ft climb on a circular tour that overlooks the Valley of the Rocks before a slow descent back to Lynton.







third walk has amazing views which I will follow up with



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PostSubject: Re: Lynmouth and Lynton Exmoor Devon   Fri Nov 26, 2010 10:24 pm

Yet another fantastic review, with wonderful photo's Delboy. cheers We didn't see what you & Lin saw, as I describe below.

I Have been there once in about 1986 or 87. Me & a mate were delivering to Lynton, when we had to go down to Lynmouth. On the way down, which is very steep, the brakes burnt out on our van. affraid We made a decision to go all the way back to Kettering with no foot brakes, only the hand brake. We made it back in one piece Thank God, but to say that was a scary journey is an understatement. surprised

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PostSubject: Re: Lynmouth and Lynton Exmoor Devon   Fri Nov 26, 2010 10:31 pm

That happened to me many years ago and I virtually drove into a garage with no brakes, really scary, the garage says it happens all the time, just wait and let your brakes cool down. On this trip a motorcyclist had crashed and many police were there it didn't look good for him.
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PostSubject: Re: Lynmouth and Lynton Exmoor Devon   Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:10 pm

Looks fantastic Del, Its just such a long way from where we live to drive but I would love to see more of the south of England.

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PostSubject: Re: Lynmouth and Lynton Exmoor Devon   Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:16 pm

It takes about 4 hours for us to get there
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PostSubject: Re: Lynmouth and Lynton Exmoor Devon   Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:22 pm

fab pics delboy....

It makes me want to go somewhere now just to try and post photos 1 smile
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PostSubject: Re: Lynmouth and Lynton Exmoor Devon   Sat Nov 27, 2010 2:33 am

great pics again and a fab review, I love looking at stuff like this when I get in from work.

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PostSubject: Re: Lynmouth and Lynton Exmoor Devon   Sat Nov 27, 2010 1:23 pm

The Countisbury Walk

To do this walk you have to be reasonably fit, as one is required to following the cliff line to the highest point on this photograph.



The hardest route is to actually follow the coastal path uphill but a more favoured route is to start around the back of the Tors hotel on the hill but still not easy.



After a steep climb from the Tors hotel car park it leads to the A39, the road Mick burnt his brakes on.
Briefly crossing the A39, one follows the coastal path for about 200yds where there is a car pull in viewpoint and probably for the majority their only view



Across the road there is a gate/stile which has a choice of two paths Tor Beacon or Wind Hill; we had been recommended the Wind hill route by the tourist office. After a brief climb we were overlooking the Watermeet Valley with the river hundreds of feet below.





Although taking photos, the camera just could not emphasize the steepness of the drop but the fence says it all



Following the path, the valley on our side bears left and starts to shallow out





And soon we are crossing through a farmer’s field and the Blue Ball Inn appears in the distance.



They did walker’s lunches during the day but were a more up market restaurant in the evenings. They had real ales to die for and not having the car it was wonderful. After lunch and a few pints we walked 100 yds down the road to climb the hill to the cliffs edge



Now for us it was downhill all the way with stunning views, the view behind us



Here the town of Lynton is dominant in the cliffs in the distance, with the long winding coastal path for us to take going into the distance



The heather was out and a good place to take in the views



Behind, the cliffs and cove below



Well not too much of a report but I hope the photos tell the story




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PostSubject: Re: Lynmouth and Lynton Exmoor Devon   Sat Nov 27, 2010 1:24 pm

Fantastic again Delboy, the photo's do tell a thousand words. cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Lynmouth and Lynton Exmoor Devon   Sat Nov 27, 2010 2:36 pm

BRILLIANT LOVING IT

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PostSubject: Re: Lynmouth and Lynton Exmoor Devon   Sun Nov 28, 2010 1:37 am

Yeah, really good Delboy.
I think we need a UK review section Daryn?

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