This amazing geological spectacle is situated just one mile west of Lynton and attracts visitors all year round for both it’s scenery and cliff walks on either side.
It is an unusual land form in that it is a river valley without any signs of a river and more strangely, that it runs parallel to the coast whereas most river valleys run towards the coast. Various theories exist as to how this strange phenomenon could have occurred. The most popular is that part of the valley here was once home to one or both of the Lyn rivers which became cut off by coastal erosion further up the valley at Lynmouth. This would have taken place during the last Ice-Age, leaving the valley "dry".
Frost erosion over the millennia has caused the formation of tors and screes which now fill the valley, the tors rejoicing by the names of Castle Rock, Rugged Jack, Middle Gate, Chimney Rock and the Devil’s Cheesewring.
The valley can be explored extensively on foot although some of the climbs are dangerous due to crumbling rocks and screes. The valley features a charming picnic area as well as what must be the most beautifully located cricket ground in Britain. The small car park never seems too full and you can park for a couple of hours for around £2.50. Toilet facilities are also available for visitors.
You will more than likely encounter wild Cheviot goats whilst walking the cliff paths here; they were introduced from Northumberland in 1976 to replace the feral goats which had roamed the valley for centuries prior to their extinction in the early 70’s.
The views from the cliffs are staggering, sheer drops of 600 feet or more, the beaches below littered with giant boulders that have finally succumbed to gravity. Without a doubt, one of the very best reasons to visit this area of North Devon.
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