My last (to date - Oct 2011) working season here was at the Tors Hotel. In mid-summer the sun set after I'd finished work for the day and so I got plenty of opportunities to get some amazing pics. However as Autumn drew in the sunsets became earlier and earlier and because our kitchen was at the back of the hotel this meant that I would have missed the really spectacular ones had it not been for our "Sunset Tree".
This tree is just across the road from our kitchen back door, where we would pop out, whenever we got a chance, for our fag breaks. This specific tree was the only one positioned exactly right with an unopposed direct "line of sight" to the light coming in from over the bay. So whenever the tree took on this amazing blood-red hue it was time to grab the camera and run around to the front of the hotel for the pics.
...electricity (see tip on Glen Lyn Gorge) the footpath between Lynton and Lynmouth is lit at night entirely by solar powered "Street Lights". All of these have been sponsored by local businesses and have the great advantage that they are self-contained units and so needed no digging things up to wire them in - the solar panel charges up the battery in the base during the day and the light comes on at night! Simple isn't it?
PS The path is pretty steep and walking up is only reccommended for those with a decent cardio-vascular system!!!
PPS Even with the lights, walking down on a late autumn evening can be pretty treacherous as the "feuilles morts" can be a bit slippery!!!
This part of Exmoor is an area of incomparable beauty.
Lynmouth made popular in Victorian times during which it became affectionately known as Little Switzerland.
Surrounded on each side by high steeply sloping cliffs hugging the sides of the wooded River Lyn valley, Lynmouth is stunningly beautiful.
Lynton & Lynmouth is the 'Walking Capital of Exmoor', there is the nearby Valley of the Rocks, a boulder strewn valley on the coast a short walk from the village. There is Watersmeet just a short walk inland up the East Lyn valley to where East Lyn river and Hoar Oak Water meet. The steepness of the valley sides of the East Lyn River has to be seen to be believed.
Walk up Countisbury Hill with stunning views along the coast, walk on to the lighthouse at Foreland Point where just off-shore is an underwater marine turbine.
Then there is the marvellous Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, opened in 1890 it is a unique water powered cliff railway whereby 2 lift cars are connected via a continuous cable . Water discarded from the lower car, causes the heavier top car to decend to the bottom.
Lynmouth is on a heritage coast in Exmoor National Park, and while words and pictures can only tell part of the story, a visit to Lynmouth for a few days away from it all can be very very rewarding indeed.
Fondest memory: Sweeping valleys nestle between spectacularly dramatic hills and cliffs, rivers and tumbling waterfalls, deep wooded valleys create an outstandingly magnificent and charming place, they create an ideal place to take a short break away from the stresses and strains of modern life.