March 24, 2005 - 4.0
This is a cracking road, with rapidly changing views over distant moorland, woodland valleys, rolling patchwork hills, and of course the ever-present sea to the North. There are some good fast stretches it's true, but it is policed, and holiday traffic can be very busy, particularly at week-ends. Go out of season to avoid this, or ride midweek. IMO it's more of a road for views than for scratching. Keep going beyond Lynmouth and you'll reach the world's prettiest tea rooms/gardens at Watersmeet. We stayed in Lynton's poshest B&B, the Victoria Hotel, where we were very well looked after indeed.
Try a diversion at Dunster on the A483(?) (+2 miles on a minor road) South to Dulverton. Where you'll find another charming teashop. Selworthy, a couple of miles past Minehead on the original A39, has yet another teashop gem, make sure you sit outside in the little garden though.