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Lynton and Lynmouth, Devon: 3 reviews and 11 photos

  View From Our Room At The Rising Sun
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  • View From Our Room At The Rising Sun - Devon
      View From Our Room At The Rising Sun
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  • Sorting The Harbour Chains At Low Tide - Devon
      Sorting The Harbour Chains At Low Tide
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  • A Few Of The "Things To Do" - Devon
      A Few Of The "Things To Do"
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  • The Cliff Railway - Devon
      The Cliff Railway
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  • And Of Course The Pub! - Devon
      And Of Course The Pub!
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Favorite thing: Lynmouth, along with its umbilically connected twin Lynton, just has to be my most favourite place on this, or any other, planet.

Tucked below the cliffs overlooking its eponymous bay where the rivers East and West Lyn meet the sea on the North Devon coast, Lynmouth spent much of its formative years as a sleepy little fishing village whose catches would be landed for mostly local consumption. As with its twin sister, the village came into prominence in the early 1800's becoming popular as an out-of-the-way tourist destination for the middle and upper classes and especially attracting prominent writers and artists - Thomas Gainsborough, who spent his honeymoon there, described Lynmouth as "the most delightful place for a landscape painter this country can boast".

Over the last century or so the village has hit National Press headlines on two occasions:

The first, in January 1899, a triumphant tale of courage and endeavor when the Lynmouth lifeboat, "Louisa", was manually dragged overland the 13 miles across coastal Exmoor to be launched at Porlock for the succesful rescue of the stricken ship "Forest Hall", the weather being such that launching from Lynmouth had been deemed impossible.

The second, more sombre, when the village was devastated by flooding in 1952 with the loss of 34 lives and the destruction of almost 100 buildings.

The modern Lynmouth is still a sleepy fishing village during its winter months, tho' during the summer can be a very busy day-tripper attraction. However, despite its reliance on the tourist trade, it still manages to retain its individuality and character and even after a busy summer's day catering for the mass-market visitors reverts back to its real self in the evenings, that self still so beloved of writers and artists.

Fondest memory: One of the (MANY!) unique things about Lynmouth is that it was a pioneer in the early days of sustainable electric production with its original hydro-electric plant being opened in March 1890 providing power for both the villages. After the flood in 1952 the damaged plant ceased to be used but in 1983 a new plant was built by Ken Oxenham at Glen Lyn Gorge which now supplies enough energy to the National Grid to once again make the twins self-sufficient with more to spare.

Not only was Lynmouth an early pioneer in sustainable electric production it is still at the forefront with its fascinating experimental "Seaflow" tidal turbine generator and that's not to mention the solar-powered lighting on the Lynton-Lynmouth footpath!

Of course there is so much more to this "sleepy little fishing village" than there is room for here in this all too brief intro. I haven't even mentioned my mate Tony at the Rising Sun, nor my various drinking buddies, nor have I mentioned that this is probably the most romantic place ever to take someone very special or even just to go by yourself to get away from it all. This is North Devon proper with "down-to-earth" characters, decent restaurants and hotels, great views, superb walks and of course The Pubs!!!

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  • Updated Dec 18, 2007
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