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.
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.
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.
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.
We walked back down the hill and around the standing stones and cow herd in the pasture, admiring the foal and the lambs.
After a stop in Okehampton for lunch and groceries,
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
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.
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.