Dramatic coastline, open moors
Lynmouth is a joy for walkers, with the dramatic coastline, open moors, secluded river valleys and wooded areas to discover. Several hundred miles of footpaths, tracks and trails can be explored along this rich and varied landscape.
Exmoor National Park offers a tranquil wilderness, where coast and countryside meet. This is a place to treasure, where the Exmoor ponies roam and expansive moors can be discovered. Go on Safari here, and you’ll experience the true magic of the moors: the Exmoor ponies, red deer, birdlife, and the flora and fauna. Lynmouth even has its own Exmoor National Part Visitors’ Centre. There is a vast array of wildlife and vegetation in the area, found nowhere else in Britain; and with its limited light pollution it is designated as a Dark Sky Reserve. Charming towns and villages are amongst the hills and valleys of Exmoor, and where you’ll find chocolate box villages, local pubs and artisan shops selling home-made gifts and delights. Take a leisurely ride on a steam train at Woody Bay Station, one of the world’s most famous and picturesque narrow gauge railways.
Where coast and country meet
Fancy a day trip out to one of the nearby bustling towns? Half an hour’s drive away, in North Devon’s main town of Barnstaple you will find traditional high street shops, restaurants, bars and cafés. Hire a bike and take a trip on the Tarka Trail, alongside the scenic estuary.
The areas surrounding Lynmouth also offer plenty of opportunities for kayaking and paddle boarding, including in Combe Martin, just 12 miles (a 20 minute drive) from Lynmouth, where you can hire boards, or relax on the golden sands of the beach. Or, for other nice beach strolls, there are many beautiful shingle and pebble beaches such as Woody Bay (2.9 mi) or Porlock Weir (8.5 mi). A little further afield, Ilfracombe (30 minutes away) is a pretty seaside town, with seafront and small harbour surrounded by dramatic cliffs. For a friendly, laid-back atmosphere, just 40 minutes from Lynton & Lynmouth, Woolacombe is a lively coastal village with a wonderful expanse of golden sandy beaches.
For those interested in history, Lynton and Lynmouth have it in abundance, with stories of bravery and heroism, with legends of over-land lifeboat launches and memories of a town devastated by flood in 1952 and rebuilt anew. Another treat of a day out is at Watersmeet – a dramatic gorge and ancient woodland in Lynton, managed by the National Trust. Whether your perfect day involves canoeing and fishing in the East Lyn River or enjoying stunning views from the towering cliffs; there is so much to explore here. Take a stroll around the 2,000 acres of Watersmeet and Countisbury: a haven for wildlife, with breath-taking views. Look out for otters, red deer, buzzards, dippers, heron and a variety of flowers and insects.