Lively it's not, but if you're looking for a laid-back, peaceful break then Lynton and Lynmouth have a lot going for them.

The scenery of the Exmoor National Park is stunning, both on the coast and inland. At very least stroll around North Walk and enjoy the views over the Channel, and into the Valley of Rocks. The walk up the valley from Lynmouth to Watersmeet is also a gentle classic. For other walks it's worth checking with the National Park Centre in the car park in Lynmouth, where the staff will be happy to offer suggestions.

Accommodation is not a problem: the Reviews section gives a flavour of what's available. Similarly there's a reasonable choice of eating places, several mainstream restaurants, pubs doing food, an Indian restaurant and a Chinese. There's even a Mexican restaurant that operates whenever it can find suitable premises.

The roads may be a bit daunting at first - several 25% gradients and sharp bends, but nothing that a modern car can't cope with. When, as is often the case, you are stunned by yet another superb panorama please don't stop in the middle of the road to enjoy it. Exmoor is a working, living landscape, and the locals get annoyed by cars dawdling along main roads at 25 m.p.h.


View westwards from the Valley of RocksLooking over Lynmouth Bay