Two weeks ago Sunday we took a one-day trip to North Devon. The two small villages Lynton and Lynmouth were our coastal destinations, located within the Exmoor National Park. I’d seen a lot of pictures about the charming villages and the breathtaking coastal path which was enough reason for me to put them on my travel bucket list for this year.
Bristol is a great location in which to live because we can reach so many new travel destinations within just two or three hours by car! We took the A39 from Bristol and the journey was only a tad over two hours. I would only recommend driving this journey if you have plenty of experience behind the wheel because there are deep valleys and steep hills. So it is definitely not for me…I am so lucky that my husband is a very good driver who managed to get us to Lynton and Lynmouth in our rather heavy car.
Lynmouth is sea level with its sister village Lynton standing above it. The two small villages were so charming despite the breezy weather. At least the sun was shining! We left the car in the car park and started to explore Lynmouth by foot. It has a short high street called Lynmouth Street with a few shops. Upon reaching the bottom of the Cliff Railway we decided to go up to Lynton by rail. The funicular opened in 1890 and has been in full working order ever since. It is now the only fully water powered railway in the UK. The view from the cabin was spectacular but we watched only from inside because it was quite chilly. We bought return tickets at a rate of £3.90 per person but there is an option to buy a single ride too. I will put the railway’s link here where you can find more information on it.
At the summit you can have some refreshments from the Cliff Top Café which has an amazing view of the small village below as well as the bay. I would recommend trying this during the summer months due to its limited capacity inside. I saw only a couple of tables in there.
For me, the main attraction was the Valley of Rocks! This natural beauty can be reached from Lynton via the Coastal Path. It is a dry valley parallel to the sea and has fascinating, unusual rock formations and caves. The natural colours were amazing: the blue sea, the brown and greenish valley, the yellowish leaves on the trees and the blue sky…I loved it! For me those are the perfect autumn shades. My husband took a few very good photos of me in the sunshine. We took a long walk on the path. On a few occasions the wind was quite breezy so by the end we couldn’t wait to reach Lynton again. After we went down with in the train to Lyntmouth we had a late lunch at the Village Inn. I would say this is a typical English eatery where you can have proper meal or you can pop in to drink a pint or two. It is also a great opportunity to get chatting to some local people. After the well-deserved lunch we were ready to go home.
It was a lovely one-day trip well-spent. I definitely think the English spring or summer time is most ideal to explore this seaside destination. At least there is one more tick on my bucket list. 😉
Have you visited Lynton, Lynmouth and the Valley of Rocks? Let me know below.