Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Valley of Rocks

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From Wikipedia: The Valley of the Rocks or The Valley of Rocks is a dry valley that runs parallel to the coast in north Devon, England, about 1 kilometre to the west of the village of Lynton. It is a popular tourist destination, noted for its herd of feral goats, and for its geology, having good exposures of the Lynton Beds that are among the oldest Devonian rocks in north Devon and are highly fossiliferous. Also of note are the periglacial features formed when this area was at the limit of glaciation during the last Ice Age. The valley is believed to owe its existence to the dissection by coastal cliff recession of a former extension of the valley of the East Lyn River which now meets the sea at Lynmouth.

In late 1797, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth visited the valley together and decided to write a prose tale called "The Wanderings of Cain" set there, though it was never completed. The poet Robert Southey was a visitor in August 1799, and was impressed, describing it as "covered with huge stones … the very bones and skeletons of the earth; rock reeling upon rock, stone piled upon stone, a huge terrific mass". Later, R. D. Blackmore set part of his novel Lorna Doone (first published in 1869) in the valley.

A visit to the Valley in 1974 by the Australian composer Miriam Hyde with her husband led to her writing the piano piece Valley of Rocks in 1975, which became her best-known composition.

There is also a cricket pitch situated in The Valley of Rocks.


nina said...

Just an exquisite landscape, John! Also appreciate your enlightening commentary.

Love, nina

john said...

Hi Nina. Yes it's quite a place, not so good if precipitous drops make you feel queasy (like me, ha ha) The lanes into Lynton and around the coast are terrifying enough, and some of the paths there I really couldn't walk round, but plenty to see anyway. The distant coast across the water is Wales. Hope all good with you. Much love, John.

reem said...

nice ...seems quiet place it .....

john said...

Thanks Reem,it is a quiet place though I should think it would get big storms rattling through the place sometimes. I watched a bit of a cricket match being played while I was there. It was an odd location to see cricket but I think it's the only flat place in the locality.