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Take In The English Seaside In Lynmouth – Devon

By Frederick Hoymer

Lynmouth – Devon is a quaint little fishing town that sits perched at the base of a steep cliff overlooking the ocean on the north coast of England. Hotels in town offer spectacular views of the sea and on a clear day you can see the Welsh shoreline all the way across the harbor. It has been called the Little Switzerland of England.

The surrounding moorland is sprinkled with thick yellow gorse and purple heather offering refuge to herds of the wild mountain goats and red deer that inhabit the region.

Situated at the end of Exmoor National Park, a favorite trek for hikers is the Southwest Coast Path that travels west to east from Combe Martin to Minehead. Toward the west you will find natural sandstone and shale formations clustered in The Valley of the Rocks. The unusual shapes have inspired such creative names as Ragged Jack and Devil’s Cheswring.

Sitting as it does where the East and West Lyn rivers meet has proven to be treacherous for this Victorian village in days gone by. A massive flash flood tore through the village in 1952 destroying many of the buildings and claiming the lives of 34 souls.

The village of Lynton clings atop the cliff more than five hundred feet above Lynmouth. An ingenious water balanced funicular railway provides quick transportation between the twin towns, something that is impossible when navigating the tricky road that connects the two by car. Two passenger cars are outfitted with 700 gallon water tanks and tethered at opposite ends by a cable. The tank in the car at the top is filled to capacity so the weight can carry it to the bottom and lift the other car to the top. The tank in the car at the bottom of the cliff is emptied and the entire process starts over. This system has been in continuous use since 1890.

The Lyn and Exmoor Museum is housed in a 16th century stone structure named St. Vincent’s Cottage. In addition to exhibits containing local artifacts and maritime relics, there is a collection of Victorian toys kept in a room in the attic that is believed to be haunted.

Visitors will find a collection of quaint guest houses, many of which boast 15th century decor and atmosphere. Tea houses, cafes, gift shops and pubs are tucked here and there along the narrow alleyways.

Several literary greats passed through or visited Lynmouth and many were inspired by the natural beauty of the area. The poet Shelley, Coleridge and Wordsworth all spent time there.

Lynmouth has plenty to offer for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy all that the English seaside has to offer.

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