To say we were lucky with the weather last week would be an understatement. Weather forecasts had shown rain all week. We had rain one evening and could northerly winds on the last evening but apart from that, lovely.

 

Woody Bay Cottage

Woody Bay Cottage

Not quite ready for it but we went for a 3 mile walk not long after we got there – See the green field in the distance

The cottage over the Bay

The cottage over the Bay

This is the view from that field. Our cottage is the little one at the bottom. The big buidling just above us is Woody Bay Manor. In the 1890’s, Colonel Lake, who was also a lawyer, bought the Bay. He commissioned 8 cottages(ours was housing for workers who built the Pier – look just above where it says access on the gate and you’ll see a straight run of land down towards the sea.) including the Manor. His intention was to make the area into a tourist attraction to rival Linton and Lynmouth(the 2 closest towns). In 1898, he commissioned and built the Pier. Only 3 ships ever docked there, it was damaged in a storm in 1900 and was demolished in 1902 and the dreams on Woody Bay died. He even built a railway station at teh top of the hill for tourist access.

This is our walk on the way to Lee Abbey and Valley of the Rocks. Streams and waterfalls everywhere and just stunning, breathtaking scenery wherever you looked. It gave me my first opportunity for a daytime long exposure shot. I intended to play with my camera and see what I could come up with.

Mountain Stream - Long Exposure

Mountain Stream - Long Exposure

We were on our walk on Easter Sunday and came across this eery spooky view – sent a chill down my spine.

The old rugged cross?

The old rugged cross?

Once we got to Valley of the Rocks, we stumbled on the all the wildlife, except the deer. Sheep, lots of sheep avec lambs, cows and calves, the Longhorn and Devonshire mountain goats.

Devonshire Goats

Devonshire Goats

In the end, the walk was worthwhile – CREAM TEA! This is Amber, my best mate Charlie’s fiancee. They got engaged two days before we went away. We are a s chuffed as they are happy, even more so once we got the cream teas.

CREAM TEAS!

CREAM TEAS!

The wind whistles up the Valley of the Rocks from Lee Abbey Bay and has ‘trimmed’ this tree over the Tea Rooms. I just thought it was really unusual.

 

Sculpured by Nature

Sculpured by Nature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About nickbarban

RHS Qualified Horticulturalist and Garden Coach. I have been maintaining, designing and buidling gardens since 2002. With the company's 10 year anniversary coming up this year Im planning a whole host of stuff to give back, including blogging. Im here to answer your questions, give advice and just natter about anything to do with your garden. I'll be posting pictures and video and Id likr to see your gardens too. Nick Barban

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