Lynton and Lynmouth
In a Nutshell
This duo of towns sit on the north Devon coast just inside the Exmoor National Park, with Lynton perched on the cliff above Lynmouth at the mouth of the West and East Lyn Rivers. Together they offer specialist shops, crafts, beaches, river walks, cliff railways and stunning scenery.
Parking and Pooping
There are three pay and display car parks in Lynton, with the largest being on Castle Hill. There is on street parking, which is free in the off-season as well. There is a little grass on the verge by the Castle Hill car park as well as public toilets.
In Lynmouth the main car park is on the Watersmeet Road (A39). There is no grass in the car park, but there is plenty of grass for pup across the bridge just a short walk away. Pubic toilets are available by the car park and in the town centre. Unless you are felling very energetic, plan on parking in one of the towns and using the Cliff Railway to move between them, or drive up/down to each in turn.
Lynton is a mixture with a busy main road and narrow pedestrian streets. Howwver, from the centre there are great walks along the North Walk Hill, passing the Cliff Railway where you climb up to the hillside for stunning views cross the bay.
In Lynmouth, you can walk easily along the East Lynn River to the centre, arriving at the point where the two rivers meet and crash into the harbour. Here the roads are less busy and the bulk of the shops are on a pedestrianised street. A short drive up the A39 takes you to Watersmeet House, from where there are woodland, streamside and beach walks. Alternatively you can walk up the Glen Lyn Gorge for waterfalls and wooded gorges.
Keeping the Humans Amused
Lynton and Lynmouth offer a range of attractions and sights but in general the focus is on the dramatic nature of the converging river gorges that form this unique area. The towns are joined by the Cliff Railway, which is an experience in itself. The towns have the usual selection of gift and craft shops including the Lyn Valley Arts and Crafts in a converted church in Lee Road, Lynton.
You can explore the Lyn and Exmoor Museum and the Lyn Model Railway and then visit the Glen Lyn Gorge to discover more about the 1952 floods, hydroelectric turbines, water wheels and discover the gorge and waterfalls.
As usual in this area, you are never far from from a pasty shop or a cafe! The Village Inn and Rock House Hotel in Lynmouth are dog friendly. At Watersmeet House the National Trust run the tea room with extensive gardens alongside the river.
Check out the official website for more info on the area: