During lockdown life for us all becomes increasingly restricted, and let’s face it a walk in the rain does not quite appeal! So today we woke up to beautiful sunshine and made the most of it. A 3-4 hour walk from the house with Rosie our spaniel, a walk we had not done before despite living here 10 years. This just goes to show the amazing number of trails there are around here. This one is going to be a favourite! Rosie loves a good walk, especially when it isn’t raining!

With a bottle of water, flask, dog treats and two slices of my homemade malt loaf (which incidentally is delicious and not for the dog), binoculars, and a trusty map we set off from home in high spirits.

Down the zig zag path from home to Lynmouth taking just 5-10 minutes, and along the river a short way brought us to a path on the left: Sparrows path.

What a beautiful path it was, making its way up the hill from the river, and a gentle slope thankfully. The silver birch trees were showing off their bark in the sunshine and the green moss on the paths edges almost lit the way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just as I was ready for some flat walking the path levelled off and the rolling Exmoor hills appeared. A great spot in the summer for a picnic.We headed on towards Countisbury, Rosie welcomed a stream and waterfall for a well deserved drink, but sadly the pub at Countisbury was closed due to lockdown, so instead we found a lovely sunny spot to settle down on the dry bracken for lunch.

                  

As we planned the route back Ian decided to explore Beacon Tor and the Iron Age castle site. Both were a worthwhile detour and provided fantastic views of the sea, Wales in the distance, Foreland point and Lynton.

 

 

 

 

 

Joining the coastal path we headed down to Lynmouth and the beach. The wild garlic flowers were already emerging, Sarahs thoughts went to her homemade Nettle and wild garlic soup, but in January……not usually, more like April! Walking back from the beach you could tell we have had our share of rain with the vivid grass and bubbling river. Luckily no flooding here at the moment, this usually occurs when there is a very high tide and heavy rains.


From Lynmouth it was just a short walk up the hill to get home to the warmth of the Aga and tea.

We really do appreciate how fortunate we are, especially at the moment, to walk out of our front door to all this. We hope very much that we can share it very soon with our guests. This unspoilt part of the country is very special and deserves to be admired and appreciated.