If you carry on down the hill from Watersmeet car park, you will come to the road for Lynton and Lynmouth, and whilst you’re in the area these are not to be missed.
Lynton, the topmost of the pair is high up on the seacliffs, overlooking the Bristol channel, and on a clear day you can see the Welsh coast.
The town itself has a thriving community of local artists, and there are many galleries to explore, and even an Arts and Crafts centre, showcasing the best of local creative talent.
The only way you should travel from Lynton, down to Lynmouth on the harbour below, is on the truly wonderful, water powered cliff railway, a marvel of Victorian engineering.
Once there, be sure to visit the Glen Lyn Gorge, discover the history of the Great Flood, and learn the extraordinary story of the overland lifeboat launch.
But if you came seeking glorious scenery then why not take one of the Coast Path walks, and you couldn’t do much better than visiting the Valley of the Rocks.
This breathtaking ice age dry valley, formed by coastal erosion, is famed for the high density of fossils in the Lynton beds -.some of the oldest known Devonian rock formations – it’s wandering herds of feral goats, and of course it’s stunning views.
View from the coast path.
Even the trees, sculpted by the wind blowing in from the sea, are works of art in themselves…
…and if you’ve walked along the coast path from where your car is parked instead of driving down into the valley, your reward is the views out to sea on the return journey.