The chairman of the National Trust has collected what he thinks are the 100 best views in the country and put them in a book – two of the views are in North Devon.
Sir Simon Jenkins has put together ‘England’s 100 Best Views’ and tells the story behind each view including the historical, geographical, botanical and architectural background.
The views include places such as the Yorkshire Moors, the City of London, the glories of the Lake District and Clovelly and Hartland here in North Devon.
The reader will learn how the views have inspired artists and writers and in turn the role of these artists in creating what we see as a superb view.
The book also shows how not all views are best seen on a sunny day, and how many views are under threat.
Mr Jenkins said on the two views he has chosen in North Devon: “Clovelly is famously attractive. A single cobbled street, known as Up-along, Down-along, stumbles down an isolated coastal ravine to a bay and small harbour.
“ Public access is on foot (or donkey) and requires good legs and flat shoes. Residents have to haul their goods on sledges. They must have strong lungs.”
He added: “Hartland is X-certificate coast. It craves bad weather, leaden skies and tumultuous waves.
“Facing due west, it is the first land the Atlantic has encountered since America, and it is not pleased. The cliffs and rocks are irresistible force meeting immovable object.”