Valley of Rocks

Wednesday 14 May. Amanda & Josephine took the day off to visit gardens so it was solo walking for me today. I drove 20 miles or so to just outside Lynton to do a walk titled “The Valley of Rocks”. This may sound impressive but it didn’t quite live up to the billing. The valley part of the walk is only about a quarter of a mile and isn’t seen at its best until the very end of the walk. The route was 7 miles with a staggering (literally) 2,750ft of ascent. As if this wasn’t enough, I then added an extra 3 miles to walk into Lynton & Lynmouth for a ride on the cable car up and down the cliffs and fish and chips at the bottom.

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I walked out on the seaward side of the above rock formations and was rewarded with this view.

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A little further on I passed Lee Abbey and Lee Bay. It is a little odd that we were in the village of Lee yesterday which is at least 15 miles further round the coast.

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I’m not sure if this sign features in the Highway Code.

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The next viewpoint was Woody Bay where I left the coast to walk through Bonhill Woods.

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The last part of the walk included a climb of over 500ft which gave a different perspective on the views from earlier in the walk and where I encountered a group of Exmoor ponies.

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The cliff railway ride was very short but saved on the effort required to get from Lynton to Lynmouth.

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