Our friends, Tracy and Alex, picked us up in the afternoon and drove us to Lynton in Devon, situated along the Exmoor coast. We arrived at The Pine Lodge Guest House early evening and were welcomed by owners, Gillian and Tony, who were both lovely. We were then shown to our rooms, both of which were very comfortable and really pleasant. We had a double room with a garden view and en-suite bathroom. I loved the decor of the bedroom - especially the bedding itself. Once we'd unpacked and settled in, we made our way down to the conservatory for coffee and homemade cake, while Gillian helped point out some places of interest in Lynton and Lynmouth, including the local eateries. We took a walk down the very steep zig-zag path into town for something to eat from the chip shop - I had rather expensive cheesy chips which were very good, but I was a little disappointed that they didn't have a vegetarian option such as a veggie burger. Also, Dean and Alex both ordered a cheeseburger, of which there were none left, so they had to settle for a chicken burger instead. We sat in the park to eat - unfortunately it drizzled heavily most of the evening! When we got back to our rooms, we showered and then Dean and I watched Hot Fuzz, which happened to be on TV at the time. Dean slept better than I did, but I don't usually sleep well on the first night somewhere new!
After a pleasant breakfast, the four of us made our way to Heddon Valley, where we parked up and embarked on a lovely walk to Woody Bay. It was a lovely, warm day for it and we even took photos under a waterfall!
We had a somewhat expensive lunch at The Hunters Inn pub, which was really nice and we also tried some rhubarb cider - yum! We had a look round the National Trust gift shop and Dean and I got a salted caramel peanut ice-cream each, which was nice enough but nothing amazing!
We briefly stopped back at the guest house before venturing out again to Valley of the Rocks, which is a dramatic dry valley of interesting rock formations, including Castle Rock, which we climbed. There are also free-roaming goats there! We actually stumbled upon a Shakespearean play, which was rather fun to watch!
We headed back to Pine Lodge to get ready for the evening, as we had a dinner reservation at The Vanilla Pod restaurant in Lynton. It was a lovely place and the food was great! I had the falafel salad for my main and affogato for dessert - both were really good and I will be re-creating the dessert at home! Think adult version of the classic coke float. After our meal, we headed back to the beginning of the walk to the Valley of the Rocks and chose a bench to sit on with a view of the sea. We thought we'd be rather daring and bring along a few ciders to enjoy, which was fun! It was pretty much straight to bed when we got back to our rooms.
We enjoyed another lovely breakfast and packed up our things, checking out at around 10am. We really enjoyed staying at the Pine Lodge guest house and would definitely like to return! And not just for the lovely homemade shortbread in our rooms... We parked down in the town and took a riverside walk to Watersmeet, another National Trust location. It was a lovely walk, but rather a busy location!
We again got some great photos taken with the waterfall as the backdrop. We had a light snack in the tea room and then headed back into town where we looked round the shops and got a late lunch. Oh, and another ice-cream, of course! This time I went for blue bubblegum, which was great.
I bought a pretty, printed dress and a box of handmade fudge! We left for home around 4pm and got back around 7pm, due to traffic on the motorway. We're already hoping to return to Lynton in the next couple of years and we also want to organise a walking holiday for the four of us.