North Devon has a beautiful and varied landscape, making it a dream to live in. From stretches of long sandy beaches, postcard-worthy villages and incredible coastal walks, North Devon has a lot to boast. My favourite of the lot though? The beautiful Lynton & Lynmouth.
Lynton & Lynmouth are two sister villages, connected by a water powered, cliff railway (pictured above). They are the starting point of the Exmoor coast and are both steeped in a rich history. Nicknamed ‘Little Switzerland’, these two villages really are postcode worthy, with stunning coastal views and a beautiful harbour. There is a lot to see and do in and around Lynton & Lynmouth, so it is not one to be missed on any North Devon itinerary!
It is best to reach Lynton & Lynmouth by car, taking approx 30-35 minutes from North Devon’s central hub of Barnstaple. However, while not a regular service, Filers Travel operates a bus service to Lynton & Lynmouth every hour/hour and a half, from Barnstaple bus station to Lynton & Lynmouth, which can take up to an hour.
What to do
There is lots to do in the Lynton & Lynmouth area, so here is the best way to maximise your day!
Explore Valley of the Rocks I’d suggest starting your time in Lynton & Lynmouth at Valley of the Rocks. Valley of the Rocks is a valley that hugs the coast and is made up of the most spectacular rock formations. Spend some time here, walk along the coastal path and admire the dramatic views on offer. Wild goats also live here, so if you are lucky you’d be able to spot them chilling out on the side of the cliffs!
Ride the Cliff Railway After exploring Valley of the Rocks you could either walk about 20 minutes into Lynton or drive and park in Lynton town car park. Lynton does have pretty cafes, but it is more of a residential area. Lynton does, however, have a water-powered cliff railway that connects it down into Lynmouth and the views are phenomenal. Before heading down on the cliff railway into Lynmouth, make time for coffee at the Cliff Top Cafe, so you can admire the views that overlook the sea.
Explore Lynmouth The reason Lynmouth is one of my favourite places to visit is because there is such a slow-paced way of life there. Lynmouth is a harbour village with so much beauty, so it is worthwhile to just take your time to have a wander around. Walk along the pebble beach with some fish and chips, go souvenir shopping and have a drink in one of the village pubs.
Visit Watersmeet If there is time, squeeze in a visit to Watersmeet about 5 minutes drive from Lynmouth. Watersmeet is a river gorge, surrounded by beautiful woodlands. It’s a National Trust property, but you don’t need to be a member to visit. Watersmeet offers a nice relaxing walk in stunning surrounds, but alternatively, if you have filled your boots with walking, have a relax in their tea-room which overlooks the river.
Where to eat
If you are after coffee and cake or a Devonshire cream tea, I’d thoroughly recommend The Cliff Top Cafe in Lynton, for gigantic scones, home-made cakes and wonderful views.
Alternatively, down in Lynmouth is The Pavilion a fab little cafe that serves the ultimate Chai Latte and a selection of good cakes and savoury bakes. For fish and chips head on over to Esplanade Fish Bar that is right on the harbour or alternatively, go for a pub lunch at The Ancient Mariner.
If you have room, don’t miss out on having an ice-cream. There is a cute little ice-cream parlour within the cafe The Coffee Mill where they sell Marshfield Farm ice-cream. It is heavenly and I urge you to try the strawberry flavour.
Hopefully, I have convinced you to visit Lynton & Lynmouth my absolute *favourite* part of North Devon. If you have any questions about Lynton & Lynmouth or North Devon in general, feel free to message me as I’d be happy to help in any way I can.
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