On the second day of our week on Exmoor we drove the ten minutes down to Lynmouth. Its a small seaside town with a few shops and cafes etc. The village sits between the West and East Lyn Rivers , which converge as seen in the above image and flow into the sea.It takes a new path to the sea now after a devastating flood in 1952. You can watch about this from this footage from the BBC archives
Such a tragedy and natural disaster but they have since rebuilt this beautiful little town which attracts thousands of tourists each year.
We headed out up the steep road leading out of Brendon and onto the A39. A short distance was a parking area 0ff the road which we pulled onto to explore what was around
We found a few Exmoor ponies grazing on the moorland and a little further around was a the Coastal Path to walk towards Lynmouth, we headed back to the car and drove down into town instead. There are plenty of car parking spaces available at a very reasonable charge of £1 per hour up to about three hours then £5 for all day parking which is transferable to ant Lynton or Lynmouth car park, take note Thanet District Council !! There were even free spaces along by the harbour that were two hour no return within two hours up to 18:00hrs
We strolled around the seafront and small shopping area for a while , stopped off for the obligatory cream tea. Then we decided to go visit the Glen Lyn Gorge.
The Glen Lyn Gorge forms part of Devon Association of Renewable Energy (DARES) which produces about 1.5 million kWh of power generated from the fast flowing river.
The cost was £6 per adult and £3 per child, woth the money just to fire those water canon
After walking around the gorge and visiting the visitor centre which has some great information about how the place works and about the 1952 floods.
From here we decided to drive to Watersmeet , the place we walked to the day we arrived. We parked up in the carpark , with the same ticket we had purchased that morning ! and walked down to Watersmeet.
This is such a lovely location with the fast flowing East Lyn River running through the forest with the tea rooms and out door seating secluded within. Well worth a visit.
After we had stayed here for a while walking around the wooded areas we headed back down into Lynmouth for a well earned Fish and Chip Supper , parked in the carpark still using the same ticket !
We sat and ate along by the harbour before heading back to our holiday home feeling a little full and weary after a full day of walking....................