When it comes to going away as a family, we kind of like to do things a little bit randomly. Did we have any particular reason for choosing the small town of Lynton on the coast of the Exmoor National Park? Not really. But the Lynton Cottage Apartment stood out to us, and if where you’re staying is great, then you’re off to a good start.
On the first day of arrival, we didn’t really do all that much. In fairness, it took me bloody long enough lugging three cases, around four bags and a high chair up to the room. Rachel had the much easier job of chilling out on the sofa feeding Isabelle and enjoying the view.
Lucky for some. But in all seriousness, we didn’t really do that much. Sometimes it’s nice just to sit in a different place with a different view to the same one you’re usually faced with. So I’d say we were pretty happy just chilling out. Instead of this being a massively long post, I will get around to reviewing this place in a separate post.
Pancake Day In Lynton
The very next day was in fact Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday for the hardcore Christians out there. And since Isabelle had never actually tasted a pancake before, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity for her to try one. Here she is before getting her first try.
After this, we were a little undecided on what to do. Since we hadn’t actually planned anything for this trip, and only had a rough idea of what was around, we opted to go with the flow and just randomly head off to Exmoor Zoo.
I’ll be honest, it was a bad idea. It cost us almost £28, we spent barely and hour there, and found the vast majority of the enclosures lacked anything worth seeing. I won’t go into to much detail on this post as I’m going to be writing a full review on it, so feel free to follow the blog for an update on when that’s on here. Suffice to say, I wouldn’t want to go back any time soon.
The very next day was Valentine’s Day! And since this was Isabelle’s first Valentine’s Day we thought we’d do a mini photo shoot of sorts. I don’t particularly want to bombard you with photos, so I’m just going to share the one. As usual, we uploaded plenty more of them on Instagram, so feel free to follow us there for more photos:
After this, we kind of just got out and about and went for a stroll. Fortunately, the hotel is ideally situated where you get the seclusion and privacy of a tucked away hotel, but one that’s also in very close proximity to the rest of the town. Within a short walk back up the hill we immediately found ourselves with a bunch of gift shops, restaurants and cafes to choose from. Most of which we tried and enjoyed.
In general, Lynton and Lynmouth are lovely little towns to wander around. There’s the Cliff Railway which takes you down towards the Lynmouth National Park Centre and with that we found a bunch more shops that we ended up spending a little more than we really ought to, but that’s what happens when you go away. We even managed to spend £125 on a bit of artwork. Did I plan on that? Absolutely not, but I’m a sucker for a nice piece of art. I’ll probably show you it at some point, but this post already contains too many pictures.
We then took a leisurely stroll towards the Valley of Rocks, which is basically just a nice scenic route you can take along the coast looking back out towards Wales. It’s just a shame that we could literally see Cardiff in the distance, yet it takes almost three hours to get there. Talk about frustrating. Someone please just start a ferry crossing! Anyway, here we are at the aforementioned Valley of Rocks:
Either way, after all that walking and stimulation for Isabelle, she was well and truly conked. I think this photo proves that one:
Stargazing In Exmoor
It was a shame that we ended up waking her up to go for a spot of stargazing. You see, I love the stars. I think they’re a natural beauty that almost no one appreciates. We’ve lost touch with our ancestors in our passion for the stars. Of course, they would’ve been met with a stunning sky virtually every night, but these days, with the levels of light pollution that we have, most people rarely get to see the wonders of the night. And since we were in Exmoor, a dark sky reserve, during a new moon, I thought this was the best chance to tick “see the Milky Way” off my bucket list. Alas, it wasn’t to be. It was a little bit cloudy, and even when they did clear it wasn’t quite what I had hoped for. What I want to see is this:
But what we saw wasn’t even close. And I’ll be honest, I almost feel that images like the one above, which was taken in Exmoor, are fake. I just can’t imagine looking up at night and seeing that. I want to, I really want to. It’s one of the things on my bucket list that I most want ticked off, but I just can’t see it ever happening. Suffice to say I’m not a believer until I see it.
So yes, I was disappointed, and then to top it off Isabelle was quite erratic with her sleep when we did get back to the apartment. She was probably a little confused as she was taken out of her routine, and goes as a reminder of how important it is with a baby of this age to keep them in the same set routine for a better chance of a good nights sleep. It’s just a good job that we were on holidays, and didn’t really mind getting a little bit less sleep.
In typical fashion, on the day we were due to head home, the weather broke and the sun really started to shine. It hadn’t been disastrous the entire time we were there, but we didn’t have a full day of consistent sun. It was mostly just cloudy and windy. So, with an almost 3 hour car drive home ahead of us, we thought we’d break it up and stop off in Western, the very first place we ever stayed overnight with Isabelle other than the house:
I won’t talk too much about Western on here, mainly because I’ve already covered it as part of the #MySundayPhoto post that I now like to do, so you can read that if you really want to.
Well I guess that’s it. We’re back home now and that’s another trip with Isabelle all done. In total, this is the 12th place we’ve stayed at with Isabelle. I think it’s safe to say that we love to travel with her. And it won’t be long before we’re off again! If you want to watch a travel vlog of this trip, then here’s a video: