Lynton Town in Devon
The town of Lynton lies on the North Devon coast some 700 feet above its neighbouring settlement of Lynmouth and close to the border with Somerset.
Lynmouth lies at the junction of the East and West Lyn Rivers and was a small port until the late 18th century, importing coal and limestone and exporting oysters and farm produce.
Nowadays the settlements are usually treated as the twin town of "Lynton and Lynmouth" rather than as two separate entities.
The area gained popularity with the Victorians who coined the phrase "Englands Little Switzerland" for its rugged scenery and built the now famous funicular railway in 1890 to connect Lynton with Lynmouth below.
The area will stick in the memory as the site of the devastating flood of 15th-16th August 1952, where storm waters at first choked the Lyn Valley and then burst through to flood the town killing 34 people and making over 400 homeless.
Highlights of the area include the Lynton and Lynmouth Funicular Railway, the Valley of the Rocks, the Exmoor Coast at Heddons Mouth, Porlock, Bossington and Culbone or the interior of Exmoor at Dunkery, the Brendon Valley and Simonsbath.
Dining out near Lynton
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby: