Day 4 of our Exmoor trip took us along the coastal path from Lynton to the Valley of the Rocks and along to Wringcliff beach via a steep path,
When we woke the weather seemed to have cleared even giving a hint of a sunrise. We decided today we would walk to the Valley of the Rocks via the coast path from Lynton. We parked in the first car park we came to in Lynton , we paid the five pound parking fee for the day and made our way out the car park turning left walking up castle hill towards Lynton, we took a right turn past the church and graveyard towards Cough Nest Hotel
Continue walking past the graveyard towards the hotel and you cross a footbridge over the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway
As you cross the bridge continue walking past the hotel, a short walk later leads you to a wooden gate that leads to the tarmacked footpath around the cliffs. On the day we went there were plenty of feral goats wandering the headland , still amazes me how the manage to graze on the side of a cliff with pretty steep falling gradients.
As yo can see from the above image, along the coastal path you come accross a fork in the path , continue around the coast or , as we did, up to the Valley of The Rocks. If you are taking young children around the coastal path you need to keep a firm hold of them as there are no barriers to stop you wandering off the the footpath onto the grassland and you could potentially slip off the side of the cliff !
If you look at the image above you will see the coastal footpath coming in from the left of the image, you can just see a white viewing telescope on the path. If you do not fancy the walk around the cliff you can always drive to the Valley of the Rocks car park, which you can see if you follow the road up the centre of the image , you will see the car park on the left. As a side note if you carry on up the road you will come to some toilets ! If you are driving in from Lynton you will come in from the top of the image so the toilets will be first on your left followed by the car park right. Just by the car park are several picnic tables which is a great place to just sit , have lunch and admire the scenery you are in.
You can walk up to the summit of these rock stacks , the highest of which is called Castle Rock, as we climbed we could see lots of the feral Exmoor goats that were all locking horns with each other. These four above wanted no part of it and were happy just to sit on the side of the cliff and watch!
The views looking across this beautiful coastline really are breathtaking, we stood for a while admiring the views before making our way back down, quick trip up to the afore mentioned toilets , before deciding to go look at Wringcliff Beach.
View looking down towards Wringcliff Beach
As you can see in the above image , they were not kidding about the steep path down. From here it really does not show how narrow the footpath is and at times you do need a bit of a head for heights as i can see some would be put off from taking this path.
As you can see as we made our way to the path even the clouds were smiling. When we did make it to the bottom you have to climb down a set of wooden ladders to the beach straight onto some boulders you have to walk across onto the beach itself. The first thing we noticed was that someone had been there and built a rather impressive rock stack.
From the image above you can also see the wooden steps at the bottom of the footpath.
Its a very small beach but on the day we went the sea was fairly choppy , finding a composition was not easy but i finally decided on the one below. I set up my tripod and placed each of the feet on a cd, great tip i got from Thomas Heaton, stops the tripod sinking into sand. I had my Lee Big Stopper and a circular polariser on my 24 - 105mm. I composed it at the 105mm end at iso 100 F/9.0 for by coincidence 105 second exposure.
After we spent some time on the beach we headed back up the path, which did seem to get longer and steeper, to the top . We made our way back along the same path back to the car. We decided it was time for food so headed down into Lynmouth for some Fish and Chips which we took away. Drove back up to the Valley of the Rocks car Park and sat at the Picnic tables with out Fish and Chips and hot chocolate. Such a rock and roll lifestyle, but it was lovely.