After a short hiatus, we’re back on the road today. And for anyone who knows me, it’s fitting that we’re escaping to a place I’ve been obsessing with since the Olympics: England. But beyond the city lights of London lies one of the world’s best kept secrets in Lynton, England! Located in Devon (aka Devonshire), Lynton’s craggy coastline boasts a truly serene and magestic landscape.
Can you imagine how peaceful a walk along this coast would be? Photographer Katie Stoops captured it perfectly… and I’m desperately daydreaming of spending an afternoon on a blanket next to the barren shrub above, staring off into the turquoise sea for hours upon hours.
And as if the coastline were not idealic enough, the town of Lynton is itself everything you’d expect from a small English town, such as old stone benches and peak roof cottages. Pure romantic paradise!
A few words from the photographer, Katie…“We flew into London and took the train three hours west to a small town in the English countryside where we rented a car and drove an hour further west to the coast in Devon. Our bed & breakfast in the tiny beach town Lynton which sits directly on top of the town Lynmouth. Something to think about… be aware of the time of year you’re going in relation to your location. I desperately wanted to sit and watch the deep blue sea from the cliffs; however, it was below freezing with gusts of wind. Also, since these two towns thrive from summer tourists seeking the beach getaway, our inn and two restaurants were just about the only places open in March. It was still breathtaking, but not much to do. We loved talking to people… Everyone is so open and willing to tell you great stories about the area.”
Sounds like late summer is the perfect time to escape! Here are my picks for the best in where and what you should sleep/eat/see in Lynton:
Sleep: Castle Hill Guest House …the rooms are spotless, the service impeccable, and the food delicious. This delightful B&B run by Alistair & Emma Mundell is THE place to stay in Lynton. Not only are you perfectly situated near local pubs, tea houses, bistros and restaurants, but also…every room has a view!
Eat: The Oak Room on Lee Road … known for it’s tapas and excellent local fair, as well as excellent service and vibe, this should be your first culinary stop in town. It’s important to note, however, it’s a popular place…so be sure to call ahead and make reservations in advance. Another important stop? Lily Mays Tea Shop, located at 1 Castle Hill Rd.
See: Obviously the coastline…hike along the many trails of the coast, which are part of the larger Exmoor National Park. Also, don’t miss a visit to the Lyn & Exmoor Museum, an ode to all-things-Lynton, and which houses numerous town relics. For more information, visit the Lynton tourist information center.
Until next time…