Todays highlights were the continuous country lane ways going across from Lynmouth to Dunster into Somerset County, WOW, seriously the rolling hills and the views from here while driving, when they show you the english countryside with the patches of different greens, yellows and browns divided up by shrub fences, and then sneak peaks of the water, this is it! – right little country lanes, passed by a few farms only…. narrow bridges that I barely could make it over without my cars side sensors going off the whole time on the bridge…. then my english dream with the background fiddle music came to a halt when I quickly got totally stuck behind a black faced sheep, the 5 mins felt like forever, and he wouldnt get off the road, I couldnt get past him cos the road was way too small and the side woodland was steep upwards and I kept beeping at the poor thing but he had nowhere to go so was running straight on the road, still in the way, and eventually he ran up the side of the shrubs a bit and I drove past, then not even 5 mins later, a colourful clucking pheasant jumps out and starts fluffing around in the middle of the road until I beeped and it scuttering under a shrub! I was LOL-ing the whole time thinking, what am I doing here!?
DAY 14 ITINERARY
A – Lynton
B – Lynmouth
C – Dunstan Castle
D – Dunstan Medieval Village
E – Tiverton & Tiverton Castle
F – Taunton Castle Hotel
LYNTON & LYMOUTH
Breakfast at The Cliff Hotel in Lynton was between 8:30-9:30 and I had a nice vegan english breakfast which was lovely!
Also known as Little Switzerland, and surrounded by beautiful countryside known as Valley of the rocks, Watersmeet and Heddon Valley, these 2 villages are known to be included in a lot of famous poetry
Geez though, the roads towards these 2 places was just small and narrow and I thought I’d never get there! They were all windy and small and again had to reverse a few times for oncoming traffic… Thinking glad that I filled up petrol as well
Lynmouth was a small port town until late 18th c. Importing coal and limestone from south wales and exporting farm and woodland produce and oysters
Lynmouth has the 2nd highest tidal range in the world which can lead to flooding from the sea
Over the last 1000 years Dunster has developed from a motte and Bailey Norman fortress to a family home, the Luttrell family have lived here since 1405 – the outer gatehouse was built by Sir Hugh Luttrell in 1420
The house here today is due to a major modernisation in 1860s when George Fownes Luttrell employees Anthont Salvin the architect to make the house suitable for his family
State of the art kitchen was installed in late 1950s
The Wisteria Bedroom – this was one of the guest bedrooms for guests who were there for the hunting party
DUNSTAN MEDIEVAL VILLAGE
TIVERTON & TIVERTON CASTLE
This castle is the remains of a medieval castle (the norman motte was created in 1106 ) and then converted in 17th c to a country home
Arrived in a heck of a lot of traffic into Taunton, missed my turn into the castle carpark so got stuck in more of a heck of a lot of town centre traffic trying to get back again, but it’s interesting driving through the town centre, if not a bit daunting but you get a good feel of the place while trying not to run pedestrians over sprinting across the narrow streets!
About 70,000 in population, the main attraction here is the 10th C Taunton Castle which later became a Priory
I finally found a poke bowl with fresh greens and hummous!! THIS was a tough find