The weather is definitely letting us know that it is autumn, with quite a bit of rain this week, but the forecast for Thursday was good;
so in the morning we packed a picnic basket (probably the last one this year) and set out in the north west direction, to twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth on the north Devon coast.
This route ( just over 2 1/2 hours) took us first across Quantock Hills ,
and along the edge of Exmoor National Park,
past the Dunster Castle .
via the small seaside town of Porlock .
Just a note of caution - if you ever take this route and come out of Porlock in the direction of Lynmouth, you will have to drive up a very steep hill with sharp bends; our small Honda Jazz just about made it in the first gear. In fact, DH has a childhood memory of having to get of the car and walking up the hill, while their car struggled to the top with only a driver in it.
Here we were at last approaching Lynton and Lynmouth ,
Lynton at the top of the cliffs and Lynmouth below.
We parked our car in Lynton and had a short walk around,
before walking along a steep path down to Lynmouth.
Along the path are solar powered street lamps, each one donated by a local person or organisation.
On the way down we crossed the Cliff Railway, which connects the two towns.
In the middle of this picture below you can just about see a wooden cross - this is in the memory of
After a very pleasant walk around we took the easy way back to the top,
We chose a different, slightly quicker and more pleasant route back home, which took us right across the Exmoor National Park, stopping on the way to enjoy autumn sunshine and to finish what was left of our picnic.
It was a very enjoyable day.