Sea View Villa

6 Summer House Path, Lynmouth, EX35 6ES, United Kingdom

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Lynmouth is an area of incomparable beauty

by thurstonj

This part of Exmoor is an area of incomparable beauty.
Lynmouth made popular in Victorian times during which it became affectionately known as Little Switzerland.
Surrounded on each side by high steeply sloping cliffs hugging the sides of the wooded River Lyn valley, Lynmouth is stunningly beautiful.

Lynton & Lynmouth is the 'Walking Capital of Exmoor', there is the nearby Valley of the Rocks, a boulder strewn valley on the coast a short walk from the village. There is Watersmeet just a short walk inland up the East Lyn valley to where East Lyn river and Hoar Oak Water meet. The steepness of the valley sides of the East Lyn River has to be seen to be believed.

Walk up Countisbury Hill with stunning views along the coast, walk on to the lighthouse at Foreland Point where just off-shore is an underwater marine turbine.

Then there is the marvellous Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, opened in 1890 it is a unique water powered cliff railway whereby 2 lift cars are connected via a continuous cable . Water discarded from the lower car, causes the heavier top car to decend to the bottom.

Lynmouth is on a heritage coast in Exmoor National Park, and while words and pictures can only tell part of the story, a visit to Lynmouth for a few days away from it all can be very very rewarding indeed. Sweeping valleys nestle between spectacularly dramatic hills and cliffs, rivers and tumbling waterfalls, deep wooded valleys create an outstandingly magnificent and charming place, they create an ideal place to take a short break away from the stresses and strains of modern life.

The Scarecrow Festival

by johngayton

No-one seems quite sure how this recent event came about, but a few Augusts ago there seemed to be a spontaneous outburst of scarecrows around the two villages, some with charity collecting tins, others just appearing in all sorts of odd places. This has now become an annual ritual every August with an amazing variety of characters, sometimes in the oddest of places. The trick is to keep looking around, you never know where one is lurking and children especially enjoy making a game of spotting them.

See also my Lynton page for a travelog with more pics.

Lynmouth Exmoor Devon - "Little Switzerland"

by richardcharles

"Lynmouth - Little Switzerland"

White-washed cottages and shops backed by the dramatic hills and valleys of Exmoor meet the rugged coastline forming the highest seacliffs in England. Here at the confluence of the East and West Lyn Rivers sits the picturesque harbour village of Lynmouth. Literary figures such as Wordsworth, Coleridge and R D Blackmore, not to mention of course Percy Bysshe Shelley, who honeymooned at what is now Shelley's Hotel, were inspired by it's spectacular beauty, and the Victorians named the area "Little Switzerland".

The Bird at Sunset, 9th July 2006

by johngayton

"Pics with only a few words at the moment."

One of the little new routines I have developed here in Lynmouth is catching the sunsets over the bay especially at the moment as I am usually finishing work just as they begin to get interesting. These pics were taken on Sunday 9th July, which was a miserable, drizzly, overcast evening and I almost didn't bother - especially as my new local pub is 20 yards round the corner. However there was something about the sky and the way the clouds were lifting off the sea on the horizon which made me sit awhile on a handy rock to see what would happen and this was my reward.

As the sun meets the sea, starting its journey down to visit our friends in Australia, this solitary bird decided to pose for the camera, almost as if conscious of the photo-ops it was providing.

For a good ten minutes the bird flirted for the camera,
sometimes nearer, sometimes further,
but always a silhouette, its species never distinguishable,
as the sun performed its nightly ritual.

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