Visit Lynton and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Lynton, Devon. Round this village is a concentrated sample of almost every facet of the scenery that makes Exmoor superlative: ravine sides that seem too steep for trees yet are covered with them; moorland rivers meeting and together cascading through boulders to the sea; cliffs nearly 1,000 ft high yet strangely not savage, streaked red so they glow gloriously in the evening sun, their tops rounded with grass and bracken. The place's unique contribution is the Valley of the Rocks where you can walk a ridge of shaly pinnacles amid semi-wild, but amiable, mountain goats and look down one side 800 ft to the sea and down the other to what must be the most spectacularly situated village cricket field in England. There is, however, much insensitive 1850—1940 building.
Lynton, on the hill-top, until then a few cottages round a church, received its first hotel in 1807. Later it was loved and patronized by George Newnes, the publisher, who put up the money for its town hall (1900) and the Cliff Railway (1890) which still carries people between the villages. This works like kitchen scales: the car to go down is weighted with water and pulls the other one up. Newnes also backed the Lynton—Barnstaple railway, opened in 1898, but closed in 1936 as uneconomic; said to have been one of the prettiest, and slowest, railways in Britain.
Lynton's Roman Catholic church in Lee Road has a font and sanctuary wall of rather rare and beautiful marble.
The Valley of the Rocks is just to the West. Beyond it, Lee Abbey (c. 1850) is not monastic, but a rest, conference and study centre for people involved with the Anglican Church. A farm-house previously on the site was owned by the De Wichehalses, about whom there are conflicting dramatic tales and who feature (fictitiously) in Lorna Doone. The drive on West to Combe Martin is exceedingly beautiful. At Lee Bay there is some sand and you can bathe, though none too safely.
Watersmeet, where the East and West Lyn rivers converge in splendour, is 1½ miles inland from Lynton, just off the Simonsbath road.
Nearby towns: Barnstaple, Ilfracombe, Minehead, South Molton
Nearby villages: Arlington, Berrynarbor, Bratton Fleming, Challacombe, Charles, Combe Martin, Countisbury, Culbone, East Down, Exford, Goodleigh, Highbray, Kentisbury, Loxhore, Lynmouth, Martinhoe, Oare, Parracombe, Roborough, Shirwell, Simonsbath, Stoke Rivers, Trentishoe, Withypool
Have you decided to visit Lynton or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Lynton bed and breakfast (a Lynton B&B or Lynton b and b)
- a Lynton guesthouse
- a Lynton hotel (or motel)
- a Lynton self-catering establishment, or
- other Lynton accommodation