United Kingdom and Ireland - Day 33

 

 

Tuesday, 26 September 2017, St Hilary to St Ives, Port Isaac, Lynton/Lynmouth, Dunster,Washford, Bridgwater and Wedmore

 

Another great day of sunshine like yesterday. Ideal for travelling and we had made a few changes to the itinerary and attempted to make today a bit more of a travel day. Didn't quite work out that way even though we did over 300 klms.

 

First we were going to St Ives, and no, we didn't meet a man with seven wives. It is possible he was on the road but that's the way it went. We did see one of the cats in St Ives though. Very quaint, picturesque old town with the streets around the waterfront still cobblestones. I had picked a couple of way points for the GPS to get to specific places so I can't blame it when we ended up on a very narrow cobblestone street where I was watching the right hand side door and Therese was monitoring the lack of space between the left-hand mirror and the block wall of a building. We made it through unscathed.

 

A nice drive up the coast to Port Isaac followed. We parked the car and went for a walk as again, the streets are too narrow and crowded with cars and walkers that it isn't worth the hassle and difficulties associated with driving. Port Isaac is where the TV show "Doc Martin" is filmed so the photos of the harbour and "Doc's House" should ring a bell with fans.

 

Driving up the coast from Port Isaac to Lynton/Lynmouth is a really great picturesque drive. Lynton and Lynmouth see themselves as twin towns, Lynton is located at the top of a cliff around 152 metres above Lynmouth below, at the mouth of the Lyn River. Like every where else it seems, the towns are well maintained and have the obligatory narrow streets and limited parking. The key attraction in the towns is the cliff railway. Around 263 mtrs of track climb the 150 mtr cliff and the two carriage train is operated purely by water. Opened in 1890, the two carriages are connected by a cable. The carriage at the top is filled with 3,000 litres of water. This acts as a counterweight to the carriage at the bottom and as the driver of the carriage at the bottom releases the water, the top carriage begins the trip down and pulls the bottom carriage up. Simple and it works.

 

At Dunster, we stopped for a look at the Gallox Bridge, built in 15th century to enable pack horses to cross the River Avill. Near the bridge we two beautiful examples of thatched roof cottages we frequently see along the road.

 

Being a bit castled out, we bypassed a few of them today but one building that had caught our eye was Cleeve Abbey at Washford. This Abbey is reasonably complete and built from a red sandstone giving it a distinctive appearance. The abbey was built in the 13th century then remodelled in the 15th century. Closure came on the orders of King Henry VIII in 1536 and the attached church was destroyed with only the foundations remaining. The abbey is a lovely old building to walk through and explore the ground, second and third levels. Some parts of the building have been restored and the tiled floor of the original refectory has had centuries of soil build-up removed and is now covered by a protective building for display. These tiles at first glance appear to be painted but they are made by a process of stamping the pattern into the clay tile then filling the pattern with another coloured clay, then the tile was glazed and fired in the kiln.

 

Tomorrow we head for Cheddar then on to Bath.

 

 

  • Street Scene in St Ives Street Scene in St Ives
  • The harbour at St Ives The harbour at St Ives
  • Along the foreshore at St Ives Along the foreshore at St Ives
  • Didn't think we were going to fit up this one Didn't think we were going to fit up this one
  • Oceanside at St Ives Oceanside at St Ives
  • For the Doc Martin fans; The Port Isaac Harbour For the Doc Martin fans; The Port Isaac Harbour
  • For the Doc Martin fans; The Port Isaac Harbour For the Doc Martin fans; The Port Isaac Harbour
  • For the Doc Martin fans; Therese trying to get into Doc Martin's House For the Doc Martin fans; Therese trying to get into Doc Martin's House
  • Therese thought she'd found her long lost Ice Cream Van; Sadly, it wasn't yet ready for business Therese thought she'd found her long lost Ice Cream Van; Sadly, it wasn't yet ready for business
  • The Emerald hills nort of Port Isaac The Emerald hills nort of Port Isaac
  • The Council Chambers, Lynton The Council Chambers, Lynton
  • The Water powered Train at Lynton/Lynmouth The Water powered Train at Lynton/Lynmouth
  • Filling the train with water ballast Filling the train with water ballast
  • The rail line down the side of the mountain The rail line down the side of the mountain
  • Lynmouth Harbour; Tide was out Lynmouth Harbour; Tide was out
  • Lynton/Lynmouth from the Countisbury Hill; Fog rolling in at 2:30 in the afternoon Lynton/Lynmouth from the Countisbury Hill; Fog rolling in at 2:30 in the afternoon
  • Driving along the Exmoor Heritage Coast between Lynmouth and Porlock Driving along the Exmoor Heritage Coast between Lynmouth and Porlock
  • Driving along the Exmoor Heritage Coast between Lynmouth and Porlock Driving along the Exmoor Heritage Coast between Lynmouth and Porlock
  • Driving along the Exmoor Heritage Coast between Lynmouth and Porlock Driving along the Exmoor Heritage Coast between Lynmouth and Porlock
  • Driving along the Exmoor Heritage Coast between Lynmouth and Porlock Driving along the Exmoor Heritage Coast between Lynmouth and Porlock
  • Thatched roof cottage at Dunster Thatched roof cottage at Dunster
  • Thatched roof cottage at Dunster Thatched roof cottage at Dunster
  • The Gallox Bridge at Dunster; Built as a crossing for pack horses in 15th century The Gallox Bridge at Dunster; Built as a crossing for pack horses in 15th century
  • Cleeve Abbey, Washford, Somerset; Built in the 13th century from Red Sandstone Cleeve Abbey, Washford, Somerset; Built in the 13th century from Red Sandstone
  • Cleeve Abbey, Washford, Somerset; Built in the 13th century from Red Sandstone Cleeve Abbey, Washford, Somerset; Built in the 13th century from Red Sandstone
  • Cleeve Abbey; Original tiles Cleeve Abbey; Original tiles
  • Cleeve Abbey; The Dormitory Cleeve Abbey; The Dormitory
  • Cleeve Abbey; The ceiling detail in the Refectory Cleeve Abbey; The ceiling detail in the Refectory
  • A 15th century painting on the wall of the Abbott's Office A 15th century painting on the wall of the Abbott's Office
  • A section of tiled floor of the old Refectory buried for centuries A section of tiled floor of the old Refectory buried for centuries
  • The Gatehouse to the Abbey The Gatehouse to the Abbey
     

 

 

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