December 19 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 27, 2013
Valley of the Rocks at Lynton will benefit from a major £173,000 improvement project.
ONE of North Devon’s most iconic beauty spots at the Valley of Rocks near Lynton is set to enjoy a £173,000 facelift.
A major grant of £93,013 has been awarded to Lynton and Lynmouth Town Council by Exmoor National Park for a raft of improvements to the area.
The proposed works will include improving public access to the sea with replacement of steps and footpath improvements at Wringcliff Bay, plus the restoration of the 19th century ‘Poet’s Shelter’ and providing interpretation boards about the Valley, its geology and history within the refurbished car park.
The project has also been supported with £40,000 from the Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership plus £40,000 from the council itself.
Work to reduce the impact of car parking on the valley will see parking areas re-planned and resurfaced – the aim is to ‘restore a sense of wilderness’ to the area without affecting access or facilities.
Plus, fencing around the cricket ground will be improved, and replaced in part by the original metal ‘estate fencing’ that used to be there.
The £93,000 grant was agreed at a recent Exmoor National Park Partnership Fund meeting. Other grants awarded included £45,500 towards the second phase of the Exmoor Marketing Strategy, plus £8,400 for restoration of the Balaena, a traditional wooden boat built in 1948 operated by Exmoor Coastal Cruises carrying passengers out of Lynmouth.
More Exmoor National Park grants are available. Anyone interested can find out more via www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk or by calling 01398 323665.