Day 14 – More North Devon Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Our plan for the day was to explore along the coast of North Devon to the west of our lodging in Lynton.
Valley of Rocks – Castle Hill
Our first stop was in the Valley of Rocks again. We wanted to climb to the top of Castle Hill this time. We had great views and a wildlife encounter.
Next, we drove west through the rolling landscape, and stopped for a coastal view at Trentishoe Hill.
We took a short hike to a trig point at Holdsmore Down.
We explored the rocky cove and beach at Combe Martin as the tide was coming in. it would have been nice to explore around to the next cove, but seemed too risky.
After exploring the beach we drove on to the western viewpoint looking back down to Combe Martin beach.
We could also see to the west from the upper viewpoint.
Our last stop was the sprawling town of Ilfracombe. It is surrounded by water and spread out over several rocky hills. The rising tide meant we could not go into the famous Tunnel Beach. Instead, we explored the viewpoints and some local art installations, and finally stopped at a teashop for a famous Devon Cream Tea – two light and fluffy scones with Devon cream and strawberry jam, and a pot of tea. All was delicious.
We walked through town, then uphill to the Ilfracombe Observatory, with great views all around
After our tea, we walked back toward the harbor, with the goal of seeing another local art installation called Verity – which, at more than 20 m high, can’t be missed!
Verity by Damien Hirst, Ilfracombe Harbor
This was our last stop for the day. We found our way back to Lynton, and packed up our belongings, ready to leave tomorrow for our next stop, Bath. And more Jane Austen history.