L y n t o n  &  L y n m o u t h  ~  "Walking  Capital  of  Exmoor"

A Top 10 destination for a UK staycation - The Guardian

  Exmoor - Still England but another world......Exmoor is so very rich in history, culture and
                                 beauty and yet many of us seldom explore what we have in our very own back garden!

  Lynton & Lynmouth

21 Mile Drive Scenic Tour - CLICK HERE           Interactive Walks Map - CLICK HERE           Interactive Cycle Map - CLICK HERE
 

Making for one of Devon and the South West’s prettiest picture postcard resorts, the twin villages of Lynton & Lynmouth in North Devon are situated on the dramatic and rugged Heritage Coast of Exmoor National Park. 

Lynton at the top of a gorge is connected by the world famous water powered funicular cliff railway to the harbour village of Lynmouth below.

Lynton & Lynmouth were “discovered” in the first decade of the 19th century when the Napoleonic Wars closed the Continent to travellers.
Unable to make their Grand Tours of Europe due to the conflict visitors to Lynton & Lynmouth and

the Lyn Valley area christened it “Little Switzerland” as it was reminiscent and evocative of their sojourns through the Alps en route to Italy.

It’s spectacular beauty inspired famous literary figures such as Wordsworth, Coleridge Blackmore and Shelley, and years later Lynmouth was the scene of a devastating flood. Overnight over 100 buildings and 28 bridges were destroyed, 35 people died, with a further 420 made homeless.
Lynton & Lynmouth are situated on the north coast of Devon in Exmoor National Park on the A39 between Minehead and Barnstaple. 

For public transport information CLICK HERE

 
 

  Exmoor National Park

  • Greatest concentration and
                   largest Red Deer herd in the country

  • Highest coastal cliffs in England - 800ft/244m 

  • Inspired writers the like of  Coleridge, Shelley, 
       Southey, Wordsworth, R.D. Blackmore to Ted
            Hughes, Henry Williamson, Margaret Drabble,  
                                  James Herbert and Dick Francis

  • South West Coast Path, Britain's longest 
     national trail, extends all along the Exmoor coast

  • Over 1200 kms/750 miles of way 
                            marked "Rights Of Way" 

  • 69,280 hectares/267 sq. miles in area

  • England's Tallest Tree! - On the Crown
      Estate's Dunster Forest Tall Trees Trail
        a Douglas Fir, Pseudotsuga Menziesii, has
          been measured at more than 60m-197ft tall

  • Longest stretch of naturally 
                     wooded coastline in the British Isles 

  • 2nd highest tidal range 
                in the world along the Exmoor coast 

  • Dunkery Beacon is Exmoor's highest point
                                                 - 519m/1704ft

  • 1000 different flowering plants 
                             and grasses flourish on Exmoor

  • Exmoor's cliffs provide one of the longest 
          and most isolated seacliff traverses in Britain

  • Tarr Steps is the oldest and
                     longest clapper bridge in the country

  • Over 550 kms/340 miles of bike trails

  • Rarer than the Chinese panda the
           Exmoor Pony is a unique species and
                 oldest pure-bred pony in the country   

  • Exmoor was once a Royal Forest 
                                       and hunting ground

  • Exmoor's coastline has gained 
                         recognition as a Heritage Coast

  • A wealth of local folklore, legends and 
      seasoned tales including the Beast of Exmoor,
                a cryptozoological cat, a phantom cat that 
                                         is reported to roam Exmoor

  • Culbone church, situated in a tiny hamlet in Exmoor is reportedly the smallest church in use in the country. At only 35 feet long, the Church of St Beuno at Culbone has been mentioned in both the Domesday Book and the Guinness Book of Records.