Lynton & Lynmouth

Lynton & Lynmouth

  • Water powered Cliff Railway
  • Located within Exmoor National Park
  • Lovely hotels and B & B“s
  • Lots of countryside activities

For places to stay in Devon, as a base from which to visit Lynton & Lynmouth and the surrounding area, please see: Country House Hotels in Devon , Coastal Hotels in Devon , Spa Hotels in Devon , Bed & Breakfasts in Devon or Self-Catering Cottages in Devon

Situated on the North Devon coastline Lynton and Lynmouth are joined by the world famous Cliff Railway. Lynmouth is nestled at the foot of the cliffs with Lynton perched 500 feet above. In the 19th century, the high cliffs separating Lynton from Lynmouth were a major obstacle to economic development. The twin villages mainly relied on sea transport because land travel was extremely difficult over Exmoor.

The cliffs also posed problems for the growing tourist industry. From the mid 1820“s holiday makers began to arrive at Lynmouth on paddle steamers from Bristol, Swansea and other Bristol Channel ports. The Cliff Railway was finally opened on Easter Monday 1890.

The Lifts need absolutely no power to operate, water is its motive power. The water used is not damaged or polluted in any way, just used as ballast and dropped on the beach at Lynmouth about 100 metres away from the river, from which it was taken. The lifts themselves do not create any emissions and is probably one of the most environmentally friendly tourist attractions in the country and has been for well over a hundred years!

The stretch of coast overlooked by Lynton and occupied by Lynmouth is a spectacular combination of sweeping moorland, high rugged tree clad cliffs and enticing sheltered bays. In a rapidly changing world, Lynton and Lynmouth and the whole Exmoor area still remain, in many respects, as they have been for centuries. Lynton and Lynmouth are themselves located within the Exmoor National Park.

Leaving the shops, tearooms and cafes of Lynton behind, you will find the Valley of Rocks. This is a place of strange haunting beauty: the home of buzzards and wild but docile goats. In town, you will find the museum and the unusual and magnificent Town Hall.

Beneath Lynton lies Lynmouth with its quaint fishermen“s cottages. There is a putting green and tennis courts at Lynmouth. One can saunter by the sea and spoil oneself with a cream tea. There are some lovely walks from Lynmouth, notably up the river gorge to Watersmeet where the National Trust have a shop and tea rooms, West along the coast path to the Valley of Rocks with its wonderful scenery and flock of wild goats or around Hollerday Hill overlooking Lynton....

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