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Top five Attractions / things to do when you stay

Longmead House

Top 5 Things for guests to do and see over a weekend break

·1      Walk to Watersmeet 

 From Lynmouth walk along either of  the well marked trails which follows the East Lyn river through wooded glades  at the bottom of the valley via Myrtleberry, to Watersmeet. This famous beauty spot lies in a deep tree lined gorge where Hoar Oak Water joins the East Lyn river on its journey down to the sea in Lynmouth. It is owned by the National Trust and the Victorian fishing Lodge is now a tea room, providing a stunning refreshment stop for walkers. You can walk the 2 and ¼ miles from Lynmouth along the riverside trail , which is really popular at all times of the year.

· 2       Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway 

Ride the world's   oldest and steepest water powered funicular railway  between the twin villages of  Lynton and Lynmouth. The Cliff  Railway was designed and built by Mr Bob Jones  (of Longmead House) and largely financed by Sir George Newnes the famous Victorian Publisher at a cost of  £8000 and was opened in 1880.Before  this visitors were carried up to the top of the cliff by pony or donkey at sixpence at time! The length of the tracks is 862 feet with a gradient of 1 in 1 ¾ which gives a vertical height of approximately500 feet. The gauge is 45 inches and the cars are linked together by two steel cables. Each car has a 700 gallon water tank which is filled at the top and emptied at the bottom , thus causing the lower car to be pulled up to Lynton while the heavier car from the top descends with gravity and controlled by a brake driver to Lynmouth.It is worth a ride at least one way , you can walk up and down the steep footpath which zig zags its way over the railway track back up to Lynton if you have the energy.

 Valley of Rocks 

Explore this awe inspiring  geological location and see if you can spot the herd of wild goats which inhabit the valley thoughout the year.You can walk from the doorstep ( approx. 500 yards)or  take one of the paths over Hollerday Hill (opposite us) . The rocks and hills tower on either side of the road which runs through the valley. The charm and grandeur of this valley defies description and has been fascinating visitors for decades. Dominating the valley is Castle Rock, while other beautiful formations bear the names of the White Lady, Ragged Jack, and the Devils Cheesewring.It is believed these rocks are the result of volcanic upheaval thousands of years ago. You can spend many hours walking through the valley or pass the time sitting and watching a game of cricket on the most spectacular located cricket pitch in England. The stunning scenery is fabulous to explore, whatever time of the year. If you are a keen photographer come up at sunset and get some of the best views and scenic backdrops nature can create. For the more adventurous scramble up the scree or steep tracks across the ridges, explore Mother Meldrums’ cave and climb up the winding track to the top of Castle Rock. The Valley of Rocks may also be reached from Lynton via the North Walk a mile long terrace which was cut mid way down the face of the cliff in 1817. Along the length of this walk you can see magnificent and uninterrupted views of theBristol Channel and the Welsh Coast ( subject to weather and low cloud) . It is a popular walk but not for those who suffer from vertigo!

Sweet Treats 

 Of course  it is essential to indulge in a traditional Devon cream tea at one of the many places to eat this famous sweet treat.Beware you need to know if it is jam or cream on top? Our favorite is the Cliff Top Railway café with its outdoor tables and fabulous views aboveLynmouth and across to Foreland Point. On a clear day you can even see across the Bristol Channel to Wales. Also it is home to the famous Giant Scone. Do you have the appetite to finish this yourself or share it with a loved one. They also have a different scone of the day flavour -the double chocolate cream tea is not to be missed unless you are on a diet . If you have walked up from Lynmouth then you deserve one of these yummy sweet treats. NB Its jam on top in Devon , don’t be caught with the cream on top you may be kicked out of Devon!   Or buy some of the locally made homemade fudge , there are several places to buy this sweet treat. Our favorite is the different yummy flavours you get at The Studio all freshly made and delicious.

5 Steam  Train Ride 

·Take a nostalgic step back in time and enjoy a shortride on the Lynton and Barnstaple steam railway between Woody Bay and Killington Lane stations . The steam train travels leisurely through the rolling countryside with views out to the wild moorland and the rugged coastline of North Devon. Originally opened in 1898 and closed in 1935 this short section of track is part of the original Victorian built narrow gauge Lynton and Barnstaple Railway that has been restored by volunteers. You sit in restored heritage carriages at Woody Bay station and travel to Killington Lane and back on a two mile round trip behind a narrow gauge steam locomotive. This whole experience if a firm family favourite activity whatever the weather. Be sure to visit the station tea room as part of your experience.