Local Morris Dancers
This is really a tip which could equally apply to most of rural England but we'll put it here seeing as we had a visit the other night.
Morris dancing is a peculiarly English tradition where "teams" of dancers visit local pubs to perform outside and collect money for local charities. It is thought to have originated as a means for peasants to supplement their incomes and the name "Morris" to have evolved from the word "Moorish" refering to the fact that historically the dancers would black thier faces.
Usually having finished thier performance and passed the collecting tin they will then pop into the pub for a beer or two and if you are lucky will treat the customers to an impromptu music session.
Surfing North Devon
It may seem a strange place to think of as a sufing destination but autumn here in Lynmouth, with its big 10 metre tides backed with a southwesterly wind, provides some of the best surfing in Britain. OK, perhaps as a "dude location" the local bars are not geared up for the "apres surf" activies that perhaps Newquay has to offer but the tide is good and the water works.
Check out the site below, though some disagree!! The water is COLD so wet suits are a must - bring your own!
Sunsets June/July 2006
The best sunsets viewable from Lynmouth/Lynton occur in the month or so surrounding the summer equinox when the days are at their longest and the skies are relatively clear. What gives the location a special edge is the fact that it is nestled at the base of the cliffs looking down the Bristol Channel directly into the sunset at this time of year and the different elevations of the land formations surrounding it on both sides of the channel create strata in the clouds whilst the sea mist rises.
The pics here are all taken within 100 yards or so of each other with varying degrees of zoom but are unretouched, the colours are pretty much as the eye sees them.
Not only do we get a different sky every night but the sea is different too, depending both on wind and tide which adds yet another dimension to the pics.
Not only does the sunset provide spectacular views looking out to sea but also creates amzing effects on the landward view. This is the Tors hotel surrounded by what looks like glorious autumnal foliage but the russet colouring is due purely to the sunset.
Walking the 100 yards to the other side of the harbour gives an entirely different perspective as the sunset silhouettes the cliff and the harbour's Rhenish tower.
This pic was taken about 15 mins after the above, from the beach just under the west arm of the harbour wall.
Even on an overcast evening the setting sun can produce some amazing skies even when it is mostly obscured - I might get a copy of this one blown up to the size of my window and stick it over it in the dark winter nights!