Exmoor is one of England’s last remaining tranquil places and has been designated as a National Park to protect it for you and future generations to enjoy. Its night skies have been designated the first International Dark Sky Reserve in Europe.
A historic & stunning coastline
Lynton & Lynmouth have attracted visitors for over 200 years. Some of its first visitors, the writers and poets, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Southey and Shelley were all inspired by the beauty and drama of Lynton and Lynmouth’s landscapes including the Valley of Rocks minutes from Lynton.
They likened the area to Switzerland and over time it became known as ‘England’s little Switzerland‘.
The coastal tracks they walked, now form part of the nationally celebrated South West Coast Path that passes through Lynton & Lynmouth.
Mystery & romance of the moors.
There are many tales about Lynton & Lynmouth and Exmoor, from shipwrecks, treacherous stagecoach journeys and smuggling, to the tales of the legendary Doone family of the moors.
R.D. Blackmore’s novel Lorna Doone, first published in 1869, is mix of fact, legend, and romanticism and remains a popular classic novel today.
Since that time the Doone trademark has attracted many visitors to Exmoor from around the world. The Doone Valley lies a few miles from Lynton & Lynmouth.
Epic Lifeboat rescue 1899
In 1899 the Lynmouth lifeboat, unable to launch in the tides at Lynmouth, was hauled 13 miles overland across some of Exmoor’s wildest and steepest terrain to rescue a vessel off Porlock Weir in one of the most epic lifeboat rescues ever.
In 1999 the Lynton and Lynmouth communities re-enacted the events of one hundred years earlier, to pay tribute to their fore fathers.
Today small boats launch from Lynmouth and can be the best way to see the dramatic coastline and the sea birds nesting in the rocks.
The legacy of Victorian invention
Unique developments of the Victorian era, which more than 100 years on are still in place barely altered, contribute to Lynton and Lynmouth’s current day charms.
Sir George Newnes, the publisher of the Sherlock Holmes stories and the magazine Tit-bits, visited, fell in love with and invested his fortune in the area at the end of the 19th century. He funded the building of the funicular Cliff railway that still runs today and a narrow gauge railway from Lynton to Barnstaple that has been partially restored from Woody Bay since its closure in 1935.
The rivers and Lynmouth Flood 1952
In Lynmouth, the tragic great flood of 1952, when the East Lyn River burst its banks, took the lives of 34 people and led to a redesign of the harbour town to prevent such a disaster re-occurring.
Today you can enjoy the beauty of the East Lyn River that leads to Exmoor’s famous National Trust beauty spot Watersmeet, with waterfalls where it meets the Hoar Oak river and you’ll be fascinated by the harnessed power of the West Lyn river.
Today’s protected environment
Lynton & Lynmouth have become the Walking Capital of Exmoor, with not only the South West Coast Path passing through but also the national trails, the Tarka Trail, the Two Moors Way , Samaritans Way West and the Coleridge Way. In 2012 the towns were also accredited with the Walkers Are Welcome scheme.