One of the attractions for tourists, although not for the residents of nearby Lynton and Lynmouth, is the herd of goats that lives in the valley.They may be seen walking along the road but are less easy to spot on the rocks, where they blend in so well. If it hadn't been for the hawk-eyed Son and Daughter-in-Law, we would have missed this nanny and kid.
Four legs are definitely better than two legs when it comes to the descent. But a nice cup of tea is always an incentive.The modern 'Mother Meldrum' supplies tea and scones, but the original was a wise woman who lived in a cave under the rock formation known as Ragged Jack. In Blackmore's novel, she advises John Ridd against risking the wrath of the Doones. I am not sure if I correctly identified this rock as Ragged Jack, but I can see a resemblance to the scones on sale in the tearooms. I am referring to the shape and not the texture, of course!
More on the goats tomorrow.