More Devon: Lee, Lynton, Lynmouth

August 2nd 2011

Lee, Devon, July 2011
Lee, Devon, July 2011
Lynton & Lynmouth
Lee, Devon, July 2011Lee, Devon, July 2011

The village of Lynmouth

Just down the coast from Lee, the twin villages of Lynton and Lynmouth are a little touristy, but rather pretty all the same. Lots of pubs, chippies and ice cream shops so at least you won’t starve…

Lynton & LynmouthLynton & Lynmouth

Cliff railway from Lynmouth to Lynton

Built in the late 19th century to link the coastal Lynmouth to isolated Lynton on the clifftop, the short rail line runs entirely using the weight of water (and its passengers) to lever the carriages up and down. Now I know that I’m not sure I’d have felt as secure while riding it…!

Lynton & Lynmouth
Lynton & Lynmouth

Antiques shop in Lynton

A good find, attached to an art gallery with lots of paper ephemera at reasonable prices.

Valley of the rocks
Valley of the rocks
Valley of the rocksValley of the rocks
Valley of the rocks

Valley of the rocks

A short twisty hilltop drive away from Lynton lies the Valley of the Rocks, a dramatically scenic spot where moorland meets ancient limestone and slate by way of the sea, causing unusual (and rather precarious-looking) rock formations. It’s worth the scramble up to the summit for the fantastic views (and having a ‘king of the worlllddd’ moment à la my cousin in the first photo!).

Lee, Devon, July 2011
Lee, Devon, July 2011
Lee, Devon, July 2011

A few more photos of Lee

The old bay hotel is being turned into holiday apartments – tourism has been down in recent years which caused lots of local businesses that I remembered from childhood visits to close. The derelict hotel’s in a pretty sorry state at the moment so I hope the renovation revitalises the village a bit.

Comments (9)

  • Emma Cossey

    August 3rd 2011 at 5:53 am

    Love Lynmouth, we go down there a couple of times a year and stay in the Village Inn (next to the yummy fudge shop). Perfect for a break away from wifi and the city. Plus it’s a dog friendly pub with a roaring fire, bliss in winter.

  • Kerry

    August 3rd 2011 at 6:54 am

    Aaah, Lynmouth! Fond memories of that place and the cliff railway. ’Tis a beautiful part of the world. Glad you had a nice time. Lovely pics ;)

  • Michelle

    August 3rd 2011 at 7:33 am

    Such great photos. Maybe we will head to Devon for our next summer holiday …

  • Tamsin

    August 3rd 2011 at 9:05 am

    I love Lynton & Lynmouth, my friend’s uncle runs the Llama music festival there that I’ve been to a few times! Climbing between the towns is tricky once you’ve had a lot of cider though…

  • grania @ crumbs for dinner

    August 3rd 2011 at 10:00 am

    I was there back in April! Lovely photos. Did you go up the little cliffside railway? I love the views from the top. I’m planning to go back there with a proper camera at some point soon as my uncle lives about an hour away.

  • Caroline

    August 3rd 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I’m also a lynton/lynmouth fan. We used to stay at the woody bay hotel ( which has been changed to a smaller hotel with apartments recently) which had the best food ever! We’ve decamped down the coast to saunton sands hotel now – but still visit the area each time. Just lovely.

  • margaret

    August 7th 2011 at 3:30 am

    looks like very fun little towns. Great photos! thanks for sharing.

  • Sara

    August 21st 2011 at 9:56 am

    I love Lynton and Lynmouth! I used to go at least once a year…even though we’d holiday in different parts of Devon, we’d always go here….the pictures are stunning, and its made me want to hop on a train, or into a car, and head off on holiday!!

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