Lynton and Lymouth in North Devon is one of the most stunning coastal trips you can take from the Gallery Lodges.
Its about a 40 minute drive and is best suited to non beach days.
The advantage of this area and the closer Hunters Inn is they offer a variety of walks sheltered from the South Westerly Winds and rain.
At Lynton the walk up to Watersmeet where there is a National Trust Cafe is in a steep wooded valley and the walk along the river is perfect on any day.
On wet and windy days this can provide the perfect escape from the weather and give you a superb walk for you money, and you may barely notice the weather above with the stunning sculpted oaks and crystal clear waters rushing by.
You can approach this walk from the car park at the bottom at Lymounth or at the National Trust car park at the top which gives a shorter walk.
Combine this walk with a walk through the Valley of the Rocks at Lynton and a drive from Lynton through the valley of the rocks along the coast road to Hunters Inn and Combe Martin.
Stunning but narrow so avoid with large cars or if you can’t reverse or in very precious cars.
This walk is also great on a sunny day as well and the harbour is a real treat to look round.
Other great walks are Hunters Inn where you can walk to the beach at the end of the river about 3 mile return and fairly sheltered. Combe Martin up to Hangman and back, great views.
Probably one of the most stunning coastal cycle rides in England. You can start the ride at the Hunters Inn at Heddon Valley in Exmoor National Park.
You can extend this ride by starting at Combe Martin, Ilfracombe or for really long ride from The Gallery Lodges at Braunton.
Starting at The Hunters Inn you may need a stiff drink to tackle the steep climb out of the valley. To avoid this park at the parking areas nearer to Lynton.
Once you have climbed the hill through the woods you get great views across the hill tops to the coast
Soon you reach the coast and the stunning vistas begin of the amazing North Coast.
Woody bay is a fun detour if it s hot for a swim, or hang on for Lee Bay further on.
The descent down to Lee Bay near Lynton (not the one near Wolacombe which is a great ride also) is a real treat and if like me the main focus on the trip is a great cafe don’t rely on the beautiful cafe at Lee Bay. They have quite a short season. But don’t worry there is a more reliable cafe just a mile up the next hill with a lovely garden with large portions of pudding pies.
Once down in Lee Bay climb up through the Valley of the Rocks past the Lee Abbey Christian retreat, probably the most scenic place to try your hand at some religious pursuits.
At Lynton check out the historic cliff railway and if you need to stretch your legs further descend the steep road into Lynmouth.
The way back is a real treat as from Woody Bay you take the old Victorian Carriageway which hugs the cliffs and bluffs all the way back to the pub at Heddon Valley.
From Heddon Valley there is also the stunning short walk out to Heddon’s Mouth Cove.
If you get it all right you get your rewards right here at the splendor of the Victorian Era Hunters Inn, which together with the Victorian Carriageway and Woody Bay formed the start of a very ambitious Victorian Holiday Resort to rival Ilfracombe.