As anyone visiting one of our holiday cottages in the area may know, sister villages Lynton and Lynmouth became known as ‘Little Switzerland’ in Victorian times. When war in Europe prevented the undertaking of the Grand Tour would-be travellers toured the UK and found a landscape of dramatic cliff coastline and beautiful wooded gorges on the fringes of what would become Exmoor National Park.
Lynton perches high on a cliff top, while Lynmouth is a harbour village typical of the stunning North Devon coastline. Indeed the towns owe much to the tourism boom begun in Victorian times and in particular to the advent of the railways, which both allowed the towns to prosper at the time and which still provide a number of the most popular visitor attractions enjoyed in the two villages today.
One such is the famous Lynton-Lynmouth railway; a water-powered Cliff Railway system linking coastal Lynmouth with hilltop partner Lynton, designed by a student of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s in the nineteenth century and still functioning on the same principal of water powered carts and pulleys today. Equally popular with visitors is the Lynton-Barnstaple Railway, a nineteen-mile stretch of track through Exmoor National Park, which is being lovingly restored and renovated and which provides a journey of great nostalgia for steam railway enthusiasts through some of Devon’s most picturesque scenery.
Lynton and Lynmouth are both on the South West Coastal path, and provide superb walking opportunities, along with nearby Exmoor.
A cottage holiday stay in this area will find all the services required, with a range of shops, pubs and inns serving the ubiquitous Devon cream tea, fishing for trout or salmon, bowling green, tennis courts, surfing beaches and more. The Valley of Rocks on the edge of Exmoor is a place of unique natural beauty, with its docile mountain goats and wild buzzards.
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