Now showing at Lynton Cinema

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Showing from Wednesday 4th January until 12th January at 20:00 and Matinee on 6th, 7th and 8th January at 14:30

12A Certificate

Running Time: 135mins

It is a period of civil war. The Galactic Empire rules the galaxy, and are putting the finishing touches to their ultimate super-weapon, the Death Star. The Rebellion plan to steal the its plans in order to detect a weak spot in which to destroy it. They recruit Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) to work with Rebel fighter Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and a team to undertake the deadly mission.

Taking place shortly before the events of the original 1977 classic Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Rogue One charts the desperate resistance mission to seize plans for the terrifying Death Star. It’s the first in a thrilling new series of stand-alone spin-off films. Under the visually stunning direction of Godzilla and Monsters filmmaker Gareth Edwards, a terrific international cast prepares to launch into a whole-new galaxy of excitement.

Sully

Showing from Friday 13th January for 7 nights at 20:00 and Matinee on Monday 16th at 14:30

12A Certificate

Running Time: 96mins

Tom Hanks stars as a modern American hero in this riveting true life drama.

On 15 January 2009, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger became a national hero when the world witnessed him pilot his disabled plane onto the waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being championed for his bravery and skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy both his reputation and his career.

Tom Hanks stars as Captain Sullenberger in this amazing true-life story directed by the great Clint Eastwood. Many are calling this Hanks’ finest role to date, with talk of an Oscar nomination.

La La Land

Showing from Friday 20th January for 2 weeks at 20:00 and Matinee on Monday 23rd at 14:30

12A Certificate

Running Time: 123mins

In this modern take on the Hollywood musical from Damien Chazelle, the Academy Award-nominated writer and director of WHIPLASH, Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) are drawn together by their common desire to do what they love. But as success mounts they are faced with decisions that begin to fray the fragile fabric of their love affair, and the dreams they worked so hard to maintain in each other threaten to rip them apart.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Showing Matinee Saturday 21st and 28th Feb and Sunday 22nd and 29th Feb at 14:30

12A Certificate

Running Time: 128mins

A boy must save the residents of a mysterious island orphanage in Tim Burton’s imaginative fantasy.

Sixteen-year-old Jacob Portman (Asa Butterfield) has grown up listening to his grandfather’s bizarre stories of the residents of a strange and mysterious island orphanage known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars. When the old man dies in mysterious circumstances, he leaves young Jacob clues that set him on an extraordinary quest. What he finds is a magical place, spanning different worlds and times, whose residents possess astonishing abilities. But they are also under threat from sinister monsters. Now it’s up to Jacob to use his own ‘peculiarity’ to save them.

Adapted from Ransom Riggs’s creepy young adult book by Jane Goldman, of X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass fame, this latest dark fantasy from the fertile mind of Tim Burton boasts a superlative cast that includes Eva Green, Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson.

Jackie

Showing from Friday 3rd February for 7 days at 20:00 and Matinee on Monday 6th at 14:30

15 Certificate

Running Time: 99mins

In the wake of JFK’s assassination, his wife – now widow – must fight to rekindle her spirits and preserve her husband’s legacy.

While JFK has always been remembered through the history of the last half a century, what about JBK – Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy?

In an intimate portrait of the President’s widow, Jackie picks up where the scenes of one of the most well-documented assassinations of the 21st century end.

Cliff Railway 125 Years Old!

The Cliff Railway is 125 years old on the 17th April, and there are a number of celebrations being held in Lynton and Lynmouth on that day, including free travel all day on the Cliff Railway. Donations are being requested to charity. It promises to be a great day, which will include a visit to Lynton and Lynmouth by HRH Princess Anne. Her Royal Highness will start her visit mid-morning at the base of the railway, then she will travel on the cliff railway up to Lynton where there are street festivities planned. Lets keep our fingers crossed for good weather smile emoticon

Southcliffe B&B Lynton's photo.

Stunning Sunset from Valley of Rocks!

Wow!  What a stunning sunset we had the privilege to enjoy the other evening from the Valley of Rocks.  What amazing quality you get from an iPhone!  We are so lucky to live and work in such a beautiful place.

Beautiful Sunset from Valley of Rocks

Beautiful Sunset from Valley of Rocks

Goat round-up

Every year the goats in the Valley of Rocks are rounded up in the field near the cricket pitch and given a health check. A video has recently been posted of their release after last June’s checkup:

Potters Hill

The walk along the beach from Putsborough to Woolacombe is beautiful and it can be made circular by returning along the grassy area called the warren. If you don’t mind a bit of a climb the area above the warren is called Potters Hill, which provides wonderful views and stretches nearly all the way back to Putsborough. It was a perfect day for a walk along the beach on Boxing Day, but quite a lot of people had the same idea so we returned via Potters Hill and we were the only people up there. It is possible to park along the road (just visible in the panorama picture above) called Marine Drive, which is only used as a car park now and is cheaper than the Putsborough or Woolacombe car parks or sometimes free.

Exmoor Longstone

We recently learned of a new way to access the Exmoor Longstone near Challacombe. In the past we have walked from Lynton to the stone via Ilkerton (Barbrook), which is a long way and quite hard going in places. The closest way is probably to park at Goat Hill Bridge car park near Challacombe to get to the stone via Pinkery Pond, which is a nice 3km walk but quite boggy for the last 1km. This weekend we came to the stone from the A39 at Martinhoe Cross, taking the small road as far as possible towards Parracombe Common. After a short walk along a stony path there is an access path to the Chapman Barrows which are easy to follow (and not too boggy), leading you to the longstone.

Valley of Rocks improvements

The improvement work is underway in the Valley of Rocks. The picture below is of the car park, which is being given a new green surface, making it less ‘car parky’. The area has been awarded a £93,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Amory and Heathcoat Trusts. Other improvements include improved access from the Coastal Path to the beach at Wringcliff Bay, renovation to the Poets Shelter and replacement of fencing around the cricket pitch in a more traditional style. Walk routes, geology, wildlife and history will be highlighted by ‘new interpretive resources’ (information boards).

Old Burrow Roman Fortlet

Near the end of the Exmoor information film shown at the Pavilion we noticed an aerial view of a very well-defined roman fort we had not seen before. We did not even know where it was until we asked the Pavilion staff. We visited the site a couple of days ago and it is very impressive. It is easily reached from a car park on the A39 near Countisbury, then a 15-minute well-marked walk. It would also be an easy detour from the Coastal Path if you were passing through.

Local photos

Our guests Gregory and Gerrit from the Netherlands who stayed with us during the Summer have recently added some of the pictures they took to their website. They specialise in very high quality photographs, capturing landscapes and wildlife in a very unique way. The interesting light conditions in the pictures are achieved by getting up very early in the morning . . . a few hours before everybody else! You can see more of their pictures on their website and the local ones are under Cornwall 2013. http://www.topduo-photography.com/

Pavilion Cinema

Inside the Lynmouth Pavilion, part of the Exmoor Visitor Centre is a small cinema showing a short information film about Exmoor. The film, which is free to watch, shows the beauty of the area, often using spectacular aerial photography, and is well worth viewing. Even if you know the area well you may be surprised to see somewhere you did not recognise (as we were) . . . the staff at the visitor centre tell us that they are often asked to identify a certain place after people have watched the film. We saw the site of a Roman fort that we did not know existed and are planning a walk to investigate soon!