Valley of the Rocks and Lynton Walk

Southcliffe Walk

Just after Easter, I went home to North Devon for a few days. I wanted to walk and there were a couple of places I had in mind that I had not visited in ages.

One place was the Valley of Rocks and Lynton.

We parked in the Valley of Rocks and started the climb up over Southcliffe. I have always loved this side of the Valley. There tends to be fewer people than on the opposite side, which is the wooded Hollerday Hill side. As a child I used to walk here and it was part of my regular horse-riding route.

Valley of Rocks from Southcliffe, Lynton, Exmoor

Valley of Rocks from Southcliffe, Lynton, Exmoor

Interestingly, the sign at one end calls it South Cleave and the sign at the other end calls it Southcliffe. Both words mean the same thing, although I had never heard it referred to as a Cleave before.

It was a typical Spring day, with weather ranging from brilliant sunshine to rain and hail!

You see the Valley from quite a different perspective from this side.

Lynton from top of Southcliffe, North Devon

Lynton from top of Southcliffe, North Devon

We walked up over the top and nearly got blown away as we rounded the corner. For some reason, this corner is one of the windiest spots known to humankind and definitely required a woolley hat. It was a favourite spot for flying kites when I was younger as you were always guaranteed to have plenty of wind.

Top of Southcliffe, Valley of Rocks, Lynton

Top of Southcliffe, Valley of Rocks, Lynton

 

Southcliffe looking down on Valley of Rocks, Lynton

Southcliffe looking down on Valley of Rocks, Lynton

We walked over the top and down the other side towards Lee Abbey. Unfortunately it was too early in the year for the Tea Gardens to be open, which was a real shame.

We looked down on Lee Bay, where I had spent many a happy hour building sand-castles and climbing on rocks with my Nan and my cousins, when we were all quite little.

Lee Bay, Lynton, Devon

Lee Bay, Lynton, Devon

 

Lee Bay, Valley of Rocks, Lynton, Exmoor

Lee Bay, Valley of Rocks, Lynton, Exmoor

Amidst the snow and rain, we walked back into the Valley of Rocks and walked along the North Walk back towards Lynton. North Walk is a path that is cut in the side of the cliff, with a sheer drop straight down to the crashing waves of the Bristol Channel below.

Castle Rock in the Valley of Rocks, Lynton

Castle Rock in the Valley of Rocks, Lynton

By the time we got to Lynton, we were in need of a large home-made ice-cream.

I thoroughly enjoyed my Windswept Walk. It added a few more miles to my #walk1000miles Challenge

Amanda

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