A visit to Lynmouth is almost like a 2 for the price of 1 offer, as this Devon village is in fact a twin, and is linked, via a steep cliff, to Lynton. The steep gradients between these twin villages led to a cliff railway company being established in 1888, with the Victorian water driven cliff railway, open to the public in 1890.
A trip up and down the cliff is one of the highlights of a visit to this area of Devon, with attractions at both ends of the ride. The pretty village of Lynton has some traditional shops and tearooms, while down below, you can enjoy sea walks and traditional fishermen’s cottages.
Lynmouth’s location on the northern edge of Exmoor National Park makes it an ideal base from which to explore the countryside. The National Park covers 267 square miles and offers plenty of opportunities for climbing, horse riding, walking, cycling, and star gazing trips. Open top bus tours are readily available, and you can also learn more about the National Park at the Lynmouth National Park Centre, or by taking a guided walk. This is a great place to take the family as well, who will all delight in seeing the famous Exmoor Ponies.
Getting around by car will also give you the opportunity to explore varied attractions in the surrounding areas. Why not take a trip to the unique Broomhill Sculpture Garden, which features 300 works of art, in a 10 acre garden. Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum near Barnstaple, are also worth a visit. For something more hands-on, Dartington Crystal is the place to go. The company has a 40 year history, and you can find out all about that, along with taking part in various activities, and watching live demos. With charming guesthouses if you want to stay, and easy access to the best attractions and activities Devon has to offer, Lynmouth certainly makes up for its size!