Overview of the Valley of the Rocks
The Valley of the Rocks is on the SW Coastal Path a mile from Lynton. It is for its goat and stunning rock formations.
The whole of the coast is stunning. The day before, we had had an amazing time in Lynton and Lynmouth, and today, after some basic tent keeping, it is like house keeping but smaller; we were going to spend a bit of time exploring the Valley of the Rocks.
To get some supplies, we had parked in Lynton in the large car park. The ticket, however, had not expired, so it was quite pleasing to find that we could also use it in the car parks here. There was ample space. The toilet block is close to the car park and clean and well maintained. There were also police present just monitoring things, probably as this was the time of COVID and they did not want to see large groups of people swarming all over this beautiful area.
Climbing up to the top of the rocks, you have a stunning view of the Bristol Channel. When we were there, there was a light breeze keep us cool. I needed good walking shoes, as the loose scree can make it treacherous. But it is certainly worth it for the view.
If you have the time and enjoy the exercise, there is a route that will take you to the Cliff Top Railway in Lynton.
Mentioned in the doomsday book, valley has been home to goats for hundreds of years. Their grazing habits improve the plant diversity in the area.
There are many theories about how the Valley got its unusual form, but I think it is stunning and certainly worth a few hours to explore and enjoy.
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