Lynton and Lynmouth

Beloved by some of the great romantic poets, Lynton and Lynmouth sit on the northern coast of Devon, where Exmoor meets the sea. The two towns are twinned and are separated by steep hillsides and deep wooded valleys. Lynmouth sits at sea level, while Lynton sits higher up. Both towns are quaint and full of narrow lanes, independent shops and incredible views, like Valley of Rocks which sits just outside their centres and forms some of Exmoor's most beautiful scenery. 

Little Switzerland

Lynton and Lynmouth is known as Little Switzerland thanks to the poet Robert Southey who likened the area to the Alpines. It wasn't only Southey that found the area inspiring, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth also cited Lynton and Lynmouth as being inspirations for their poems. 

The region also earned the nickname for its many picturesque walks and stunning scenery.

History and heritage

One of the most popular heritage attractions is the Victorian cliff railway which offers a link between the two towns. The railway is powered by water and is a truly unique way to travel between the two and is one of the few remaining cliff railways in the UK! 

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