With an extra day of holiday we decided to head up to the North Devon coast for the May bank holiday. We have been having some great spring weather, but as we headed off on Saturday morning the mist had decended.
We were heading to Lynton, but first we stopped off at Darts Farm near Exeter. We stocked up with some supplies from the farm shop – and had a look at some folding chairs in Cotswold Outdoor. They didn’t have the exact ones that we were looking for, but we have ordered some, which should be here in a day or two (review to follow).
We headed down the M5, and across onto Exmoor, and down to Lynton. We decided that we would head into the town before pitching up, and found a space in the town carpark, and took the cliff railway down to the seafront
The tank of the top carriage is filled with water, making it heavier, which pulls up the bottom carriage via the cable.
We had a pleasant walk along the front, had a look at the memorial for the historic flood, and enjoyed a cone of chips!
We headed back to the Camping and Caravan site at Lynton, and were greeted by the friendly wardens, who checked us in and asked us to pick a pitch. We picked a site at the top of the site.
The site is slightly sloping – but the hardstanding pitches are mainly level – we were fine without any ramps.
The site was quiet, but I expect in the summer its busy with children eager to enjoy the seaside.
That evening we had a game of scrabble using our new “travel” board. The rain started, and we could hear it on the roof lights, and against the windows, but we were snug in our van with the blinds drawn, and a nice cup of tea!
The view in the morning was as we expected……. wet and misty!
We had a lazy breakfast, and decided to head out to the National Trust Arlington Court a short drive away. Somehow, by the time we had arrived the rain had stopped, and we even had a few signs of sunshine
Sunday was another wet and windy night, but by the time we awoke, the wind had calmed down, and the sun was shining – what a difference a day makes!
We packed up and started heading for home, but first spending a very pleasant lunchtime walking around Ilfracombe from the CamperVan friendly carpark we found (shown on the map below)
Damian Hursts “Verity” is a stunning sculpture at the entrance to the harbour, and we had a ride on the “Tourist Train” which took us for a guided tour around the town.
We headed back across Exmoor, and Dartmoor to home, and guess what – It was just as misty here when we arrived home as it was when we left…… had it been like this all weekend?