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Holidays in Lynton and Lynmouth

Known as the “Little Switzerland” of Devon

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Lynmouth harbour

Lynton, a small town, and Lynmouth, a village, are linked by the iconic cliff railway . Built in 1890, the railway has long been a popular visitor attraction. What better way to enjoy the area’s breathtaking views (and save you a steep climb up the hill!).

Lynton is set at the top of the vast Glen Lyn Gorge, overlooking Lynmouth. With pretty tearooms, independent shops and numerous walking routes to enjoy, it’s no wonder why this tranquil haven is so popular among locals and visitors. The peaceful village of Lynmouth, set below, opens out to a spectacular beach. With its iconic watchtower at the end of the harbour, a quaint shopping street and outstanding gastropubs, Lynmouth is a lively village with plenty to offer for a coastal or countryside holiday.

For anyone seeking adventure on their Devon holiday, the East Lyn river offers white-water perfect for kayaking. For a more relaxing experience on the water, embark on a boat trip around the coast, to admire the towering cliffs and woodland.

Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

One of the more unique attractions is Lynton cinema. Tucked away on a cute street, the cinema seats 70 and keeps up to date with new releases. As the smallest town in England to have a full-time cinema, this is certainly worth a visit.

Its prime location near to Exmoor National Park makes it ideal for walkers. Try the route from Watersmeet to Lynmouth. Stretching 8.2 miles, this lengthy yet fairly easy walk passes waterfalls, ancient woodlands and a tea room. This is a perfect place to stop for a traditional Devon cream tea.

Lynton and Lynmouth are both packed full of unique eateries, fine dining restaurants and cosy cafes. For breakfast or coffee and cake overlooking the sea, visit The Pavilion Dining Room. In the heart of Lynmouth, Le Bistro is revered for its tasty dishes. Tuck into a portion of Deep Fried Somerset Brie, fresh salmon fillet with tarragon and mushroom sauce or the Bistro classic peppercorn rump steak with creamy peppercorn sauce and skin-on fries.

“Backed the ancient woodlands of Exmoor National Park, Lynton and Lynmouth are two magical places on the Devon coast.”

Towards the sea, traditional pub The Rising Sun offers a more gourmet menu with lavish dishes such as pan fried breast of pigeon with beetroot puree and warm shallot dressing, or West Country mussels with garlic, lemon and thyme. For meat lovers, there’s the roasted guinea fowl supreme with fondant potato, cep mushroom with puy lentil and pancetta jus.

Due to their extensive history, both Lynton and Lynmouth offer traditional country pubs, such as the Beggars Roost Inn and The Village Inn.

While you’re there

Valley of the Rocks

Pleasant walks offering beautiful sea views and local herds of feral goats.


A great traditional pub, ideal for a quiet drink or a hearty meal in cosy surroundings.


A beautiful deep wooded gorge that you can walk through with a National Trust cafe.

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