A trip to Devon’s little Switzerland – Lynton and Lymouth

Day’s out don’t often get better than this – It’s a trip I had been looking forward to for some time, and this week the opportunity arose and I grabbed it.  I was due to carry out our annual inspections at a few of our properties in Ilfracombe and once completed I decided to take the short journey across the North Devon coast to the picturesque and beautiful Lynton and Lynmouth – often referred to as Devon’s little Switzerland. Located within Exmoor National Park the term Little Switzerland was coined by the Victorians due to the towns being flanked by the high sea cliffs. Breathtakingly beautiful, its a great day out and lots to do whatever your age.

Popular with visitors its no surprise that the towns have plenty of cafes, restaurants and tea rooms.  If you are looking for a great view then try the Pavillion Dining Room, a traditional tearoom and cafe on the first floor of the newly built Lymouth Pavillion and enjoys some of the best views of the the harbour and sea in the town.  Of course probably the best views are from the cafe at the top of the Cliff Railway, where I have to say the views are simply spectacular and there really is no better spot to enjoy a cream tea or latte in the summer sunshine.

The trip on the Cliff Railway is something I recommend everyone should do.  Step into the traditional green carriage and enjoy the ride as it takes you up the cliff revealing views of the bay and coastline to the top.  I couldn’t resist ten minutes in the sunshine whilst I enjoyed a coffee overlooking the bay.

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Sadly pressed for time lunch was a quick crab sandwich sat on the harbour wall.  I had a chat to a local lad in the sandwich shop who enthused about his local town and the variety of things to do and see.  Kayaking is very popular with professionals enjoying the white water of the Upper and Gorge sections of the East East Lyn. By all accounts its one of the best days on the river in the Uk and the beautiful environment that the river flows through makes it not only a fantastic challenge but a scenic experience.  The East Lyn is one of the most difficult rivers in England to Kayak so probably not one for novices.

For more leisurely past times there are a number of beaches in the area where you can simply relax and enjoy the spectacular surroundings or paddle and explore the rockpools.  Lynmouth has one of the highest tidal variations in the county and the incoming tide is quite impressive to watch as the harbour fills and the river backlogs.  The coastline is also great for surfing.

Unfortunately I was unable to get to the famous Valley of Rocks, a dry valley that runs parallel to the coast just outside of Lynton.  The cliffs here are some of the highest in Britain and the views are simply magnificent by all accounts.

Lynton and Lymouth is an easy journey from the North Devon resort Ilfracombe or if you are staying close in Mid Devon – then enjoy the spectacular drive that will take you through Exmoor to the coast.