Fowey to Lynton via The Cheesewring at Minions (18-54)

Day 11, May 6, 2018

We packed up and left our lovely cottage at Fowey. Our next destination was another four day self catering apartment, this time in a Victorian cliffside mansion in Lynton, on the north coast of Devon. Our drive took us near Bodmin Moor. We found an interesting stop along the way near the village of Minions. There were three ancient stone circles called The Hurlers, a rock formation called the Cheesewring, and baby animals in the farm pastures. For a travel day we did fairly well. We stocked up on groceries in Okehampton, then continued north on the winding roads that led to our cliffside perch in Lynton.

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Minions and the Cheesewring

We parked in the carpark and looked at signs about the history of this locale and the three ancient stone circles called The Hurlers that have been partially reconstructed.

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We walked through the stone circles and across the pastures, noticing a nearby tin mine. This whole area was a tin and copper mining center in the late 1800’s.

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Landscape view of Stowe’s Hill and The Hurlers.

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Tin mine

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The Hurlers

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Looking toward Stowe’s Hill.

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Looking back toward Minions.

We continued on to Stowe’s Hill, where the landmark known as The Cheesewring – a ‘stack’ of weathered granite slabs is perched above a quarry.

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Stowe’s Hill in the distance.

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Getting closer – quarry on the right side.

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The Cheesewring

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The Cheesewring is fenced off from the quarry below.

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Rock climbers in the quarry.

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Beyond The Cheesewring, the top of Stowe’s Hill is also made of a stack of weathered granite slabs.

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Looking back at The Cheesewring from the top of Stowe’s Hill.

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Dan at the top of Stowe’s Hill; The Cheesewring beyond.

We walked back down the hill and around the standing stones and cow herd in the pasture, admiring the foal and the lambs.

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Lynton

After a stop in Okehampton for lunch and groceries,

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Driving view of Okehampton

we made our way to Lynton. Lady google directed us along narrow streets through the town and seemingly to the cliff edge, then through these iron gates

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Entrance to our lodgings.

to the former mansion, now guesthouse with tea service, called Villa Spaldi. Our self catering apartment, furnished in old, formal style, had everything we would need for our next few days of exploring, and a fabulous view across the bay.

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Villa Spaldi

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Eastward view over Lynmouth from our little balcony.

After settling in, we took an evening walk along the SW Coast Path to the west toward the Valley of Rocks. The sun was low, and we planned to come back this way for more exploring tomorrow.

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Treed slope along the path

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Looking back to the east.

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Valley of Rocks

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Walking toward the setting sun.

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Walking back east.

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The path looks down on our cliffside abode.

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Last view to the east of Lynmouth Bay.

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