Buses That Pass In The Night
Lynton and Lynmouth have a regular bus service Mondays to Saturdays to and from Barnstaple - the Filers Travel #'s 309 and 310. Buses run roughly hourly during the day but only certain buses go down to Lynmouth itself.
The trip into Barnstaple takes just over an hour with a couple of the services connecting with the railway station and the rest terminating at the bus station which is is in the town centre.
The pic here is the incoming and outgoing buses on the evening run which swap drivers at Blackmoor gate which is why both buses are temporarily signed Lynmouth.
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No taxis in the evening
We walked from Lynmouth to the Exmoor Sandpiper Inn early one evening. However the walk took longer than expected and by the time we finished our refreshments in the pub it was 8:30pm. We planned to walk back to Lynmouth but it was too dark. There is no lighting on the main road and it was far too dangerous to walk down it.
We asked the staff working in the pub if they could call a taxi. The women behind the bar said "taxis do not run this time of night but i will check anyway". She come back and apologised saying that no taxis are available.
I asked for an explanation only to be told by the barman"yes taxis don't run this time of night, they make enough money taking the walkers around during the day".
I was surprised and left with my friend stranded in the pub with my car in Lynmouth. Luckily a group of people gave us a lift back after I asked them nicely for a lift.
Be warned - check with the taxis if you need want a lift after dark!
The 300 Bus from Minehead
The Quantock Motor Services bus 300 runs from Ilfracombe into Lynmouth and on to Minehead and vica versa with a fairly regular summer schedule. The Minehead to and from Lynmouth route is a particularly stunning journey following the coast for most of the way in an open topped double decker.
Leaving Lynmouth the bus follows the coast road up Countisbury Hill then across the northern coast of Exmoor passing through Porlock with its famous Hill: 1-in-4 gradient!and then on to Minehead with a journey time of about an hour.
Travelling on the upper deck, which has both an enclosed section and an open one, provides for superb scenery, both seaward and landward but do be aware that this bus does rattle a bit and that standing on the open upper deck is not recommended due to overhanging branches.
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In the late 1800's as tourism became the lifeblood of the two villages it was recognised that a more efficient method of transport up and down the almost 1000 feet cliff was required, than relying on donkeys and horses and carts. Following an anonymous suggestion in the local paper, outlining the idea of a water powered cliff tramway, the idea was taken up by the newspaper editor George Newnes who provided the funding and a former Isambard Kingdom Brunel engineer, George Marks, who designed it. The railway has been in continuous use ever since its completion in 1890.
The railway is powered solely by water drawn from the River Lynn with its two interconnected cars, the one at the top filling its 700 gallon water tank to provide the weight to pull up the bottom car. On reaching the top and bottom the respective roles are reversed.
This method of transportation is claimed to be the only one of its kind worlwide and apart from a slightly updated communication system between the top and bottom "stations" is totally unchanged since its inaugural journey.
At present a one-way trip is GBP 1.75 though there is a locals rate of 40p for those of us who actually use the railway to get to the top for shopping and whatever.
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