At the bottom of a steep wooded gorge, Lynmouth is a charming village in a picturesque setting with the East Lyn and West Lyn rivers meeting in the town before joining the sea.
There is also a pretty traditional harbour surrounded by fishing houses, pubs etc, very pleasant for an afternoon stroll.
The town is a walker's paradise with numerous trails to follow and access to several national trails eg the South West Coast Path, and many other outdoor activities from fishing to hanggliding are available for the adventurous visitor.
Another fun activity and good way to appreciate the scenery is to take the open-top bus along the coast road from Lynmouth towards Minehead.
Things to do in Lynmouth
The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff railway that connects the two villages is popular - it dates from 1890 and rises up the steep hill from Lynmouth to Lynton. The clever design incorporates large water reservoirs in the bottom of each carriage - there are two carriages joined by cable, and the reservoir of the upper carriage is refilled (from a river) when the carriage is at the top - this gives it the weight to descend, hauiling the second carriage full of people up the hill as it goes. See Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway for details.
Map of Lynmouth and places to visit
Lynmouth places to visit
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