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Lynton and Lynmouth are really two villages forming a single town on the edge of Exmoor, on the north Devon coast. Lynmouth began as a pretty fishing village and, when there was no longer any space to build there, it expanded to Lynton 700 feet above it on the clifftop. The two are connected by the water-gravity-powered Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway. Lynton is mainly 19th and 20th century, Lynmouth is a little older and was favoured by the artist Thomas Gainsborough and the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.  However, it was wrecked by a devastating flood in August 1952, when 34 people died and hundreds made homeless. Some of the village was never rebuilt. Nevertheless, it is an attractive place and popular with tourists.  It is also walking country.  The South West Coast Path and Tarka Trail pass through it and the views from the cliffs are wonderful.


Post Code
EX35 6HW
Main Historic Period
Useful Website Address
Exmoor, Valley of Rocks, beautiful part of the North Devon Coast
Primary Management
Local Authority

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