We’re delighted to be able to share excerpts from a post written by Tim of Travelgarb blog about his recent visit to Exmoor with three generations of his family (with ages ranging from 9 to 90!).
Tim lives in South Wales with his wife and 9 year old daughter. A former local government officer, he is currently a house husband and part time travel blogger, writing posts about day trips, holidays and family activities, with a little humour here and there! This post contains excerpts of Tim’s family trip to Lynton and Lynmouth – for the original (with many more photos) please visit Tim’s original blog post
Lynton, Exmoor and Big Rollers
Exmoor National Park with its high hills rising dramatically from the sea, heather filled moorlands grazed by ponies and picturesque wooded river valleys is begging to be explored on foot. This is most definitely walking country. Despite this, we had chosen it for a 3 generational family break, the eldest member of which is 90! The grandparents would definitely not be up to any hikes, so how would we fare?
We based ourselves at Lynton, selecting accommodation with lovely sea views. The town is at the top of a steep hill, at the bottom of which is the pretty settlement of Lynmouth. Luckily, the two are connected by a cliff railway, which enabled the older members of the family to ride up and down, while I enjoyed the walk!
Once down in Lynmouth, we stopped to shake hands with a rather statuesque Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the famous poet who lived in the area. [You can read about “The Walker’s” unveiling here].
We walked along the seafront, crossing a bridge over the River Lyn to the park, where F entertained herself on the zipwire while the old folks found a comfy seat. A round of mini golf was followed by a Devon institution – a cream tea!
After lunch, we had a wander around the town, coming across an unusual item of interest and a welcoming sign outside a pub. We looked in on an exhibition on the great flood, which destroyed much of Lynmouth in the 1950s. The exhibition also contained an informative history of the town, along with a model village. After an ice cream, it was time to ascend the cliff railway again, or in my case walk.
To read the rest of Tim’s post about his family’s short break in Lynton and Lynmouth (including exploration of Porlock and Valley of Rocks), click here for Tim’s original post.