“ Lynmouth is a village in Devon, England. It is on the north edge of Exmoor, at the confluence of the West Lyn and East Lyn rivers. „
Lynton and Lynmouth are idylic places to visit. There are two ways to get there. You can take the north devon link road which brings you through the edge of Exmoor. My Favourite way is to take the MInehead road and drive through Porlock. When you reach the top of Porlock hill the views over towards Wales are amazing and a must if it is a sunny day is to grab an ice cream from the locally produced Styles Ice cream van which is parked there. Driving along the edge of the coast road and you can see the Doone Valley to the side and now again you will see the famous Exmoor Ponies. You then hit Countisbury Hill where you can see Lynmouth in the distance. As you approach Lynmouth the hills is quite steep, parking is a preminium and on a busy day a space is like gold dust what I suggest to do is to park in Lynton. Find the Clift railway which was built by the Victorians and it is privately owned still, this is quite steep ride down here but it is amazing to see how this runs. Lynmouth is full of tourist shops however one of my favourite galleries is along the main street which is Maurice Bishops and his pictures are of the surrounding area. The Village Inn has the most stunning floral displays which is always worth a look. Lynmouth was famous for the flood that happened in the 1950s where most of the village was swept away by the flood and there is a museum which explains the whole story. The river has now been newly re routed and on a sunny day it is very pleasant to sit alongside. If you head into Lynmouth in the Winter you can catch an odd surfer trying to ride the waves which is quite dangerous because of the stoney beach. On the edge of Lynton and Lynmouth there is the famous Lynton to Barnstaple narrow gauge railway which is about only a few miles along but there are plans to run it the whole way and you can see the original station on the outskirts of Lynton. I definately recomend a visit to Lynton and Lynmouth as the views are amazing and you can see why it is nicknamed little Switzerland.
I had the pleasure of visiting Devon back in May of this year and took a trip to Lynton & Lynmouth. I have put these two villages together Lynmouth lies at the bottom of Lynton.
We took a carriage ride down the side of a large hill on the Cliff railway which takes you down to Lynmouth village on the northern edge of the west country peninsula in beautiful Exmoor. Rivers and waterfalls wend their way through wooded valleys leading through to the sea, creating the most beautiful village and countryside i have ever seen. The victorians used to call it Little Switzerland.
I felt that i had stepped back in time and the sheer beauty of this village had a profound effect on me and i knew if i could, i would live very happily here. The village is abundant with little cottages and quaint curiosity shops and cafes and i felt all i wanted to do was sit and watch the water tumbling over the rocks.
The downside of this village is its history. Thirty-four people lost their lives in the Lynmouth flood disaster in August 1952 after continuous rain, which caused the rivers to flood and cascading waters and rocks ran through the village. There is a centre in the village which records the disaster and various markers show how high the waters reached.
If you ever visit Devon, please do not miss out on this village. When you turn the corner off the main coast road and the sheer beauty hits you, it will make you stop and take the breath away. Spectacular!
Hi! I'm going to tell you about the beautiful, tiny North Devon villages of Lynton & Lynmouth as this is my home. I suppose Im hoping that using this opportunity I can advertise my wonderful little village and maybe persuade a few of you to come and visit, As we here on the rugged North Devon coast line rely so much on the tourist trade, And we are all still recovering from 2001, a terrible and disastrous year with the out break of foot and mouth. I think we need all the help we can get this year! Well where can I start, Lynmouth is a small quiet seaside town off the A39, Set deep In some of the highest and most rugged cliffs in England. Sheltered from the hustle and bustle of modern life, Lynmouth is a place to retreat to for a bit of piece and quiet. Lynmouth is part of a pair of villages, the other one, Lynton is 500 feet above Lynmouth and is slightly larger, it is technically a town as is has a Beautiful town hall but like Lynmouth its untouched old-fashioned beauty is its ultimate charm. The two villages rarely get mentioned separately, we say here that we live in Lynton and Lynmouth regardless of which one we actually live in! The world famous cliff railway connects the two villages. A 1/2-mile track straight up the cliff face! It sounds crazy, but it?s been around for over a hundred years now and no accidents as yet! I?ve seen people in tears after they've been on it! But its a nice gentle ride Trust me! For the locals its part of our every day life to jump on the cliff railway to fetch our shopping from Lynton or to get to and from work. Lynmouth is probably most famous for the tragic flood that happened here in 1952. The two rivers that meet in Lynmouth Mysteriously swelled one night destroying the village and killing many of the residents and tourists. They say more water came through the village that night than what flows out of the Thames in 3 months!. I'm only 21, So i cant quite remember it!
But if you remember it being on the news back in 52 or you were here yourself, leave a comment it would be interesting to hear from you! If you like walking or photography then this is soo the place for you! Stunning places like Watersmeet, A fantastic National trust area in the most beautiful woodlands you?ve ever seen. And the mighty valley of the rocks, A valley carved out of stone in the ice age with amazing towers of stone and hair raising cliffs, Are all in walking distance of the villages and are well worth a visit! The Valley of rocks is also home to wild goats! Hundreds of them, This is a real rarity in this country so if your here, Be sure to go and say hello! There are plenty of places to stay. If you are looking for A small B+B try Lee road in Lynton or Tors road in Lynmouth. If larger hotels are you scene Then Try the Tors hotel, The Rising sun hotel, The Valley of rocks hotel (owned by Shearings holidays) Tel 01598 752349. Or one i can highly recommend is Rock House at Lynmouth. Set right in the harbour over looking the sea and cliffs, Very reasonably priced and super staff! Tel 01598 753508. They will be very happy to look after you! All you basic shopping needs will be found at Lynton, It has a small super market, Pharmacy, Post office and general stores. But the nearest large town is Barnstaple, Situated about 20 miles away. Ideal if you looking for a bit of nightlife cos you wont find any here!!! For more info on any of the hotels or days out in Lynton & Lynmouth call the Tourist info centre. You will find them friendly and helpful. (Sorry I can?t find the number!) Its also amazing how many people I?ve met from all over the world who have said they have been to and loved Lynton and Lynmouth, So if you have then please leave me a comment, I would love to hear what you think of my home! Hope This has persuaded you to come and visit!
When we headed out to North Devon at Easter, I was glad to find myself in such a picturesque area. We stayed just above Lynmouth and came down the cliff on the railway one day. We climbed the Lyn Gorge, the Lyn being the river from whence Lynmouth and Lynton get their names, and read about the horrendous flooding that occurred in 1952 when the river passed more water in one day than the Thames passes out to sea in three months! Take a walk around this town and you can see the tide mark on the buildings that did survive. Dont make the mistake I did, and forget your camera, the view from the top of the gorge is outstanding. Unfortuatly, the Valley of Rocks was closed due to Foot & Mouth, so we did not get a chance to walk through it. Lynmouth also has a pottery, and a brass rubbing centre, and plenty of choice for lunch.