Lynmouth, Exmoor National Park

Lynmouth, Exmoor National Park

Iconic Exmoor, and UK, coastal village

Essential UK visiting. Magnificent location on Exmoor coast. Great for food and drink, boat trips, beaches and watersports. The South West Coast Path, Tarka Trail, Coleridge Way pass through. The Two Moors Way/Devon Coast to Coast starts/ends here. Classic Exmoor wooded valleys and high moor also easily accessible.

 

Best things to do in Lynmouth

To help you choose Lynmouth, we've listed some of the local attractions below.

 

Beaches

Lynmouth Eastern Beach. The River Lyn flows through a beautiful, steep-sided wooded valley from the National Trust's Watersmeet to Lynmouth. At low tide, big and rocky beaches run east and west of the river mouth. Lynmouth Eastern Beach stretches east of the harbour and pier in the direction of The Foreland and Foreland Point. The South West Coast Path runs behind the beach and there's easy beach access from the village.

Lynmouth Western Beach. This is the section of the rocky beach running west of the mouth of the River Lyn. The beach is situated in front of Lynmouth Pavilion National Park Centre, Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway and the Esplanade Fish Bar. Great place for fish and chips on the beach. Note that it is sandy at the back of the beach. The South West Coast Path rises steeply above the beach and the Two Moors Way begins/ends at the sculpture on The Esplanade.

 

Food and drink

Esplanade Fish Bar. Exceptionally popular fish & chips shop overlooking Lynmouth Western Beach. Next door to Lynmouth Pavilion National Park Centre and the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway.

Fish on the Harbour. Overlooking Riverside Road, the River Lyn and the harbour in the heart of the village.

The Rising Sun in Lynmouth. Super pub by Lynmouth Harbour. Great place from which to watch the sun set over Lynmouth Bay.

The Blue Ball Inn in Countisbury Hill east of Lynmouth. Follow the South West Coast Path or A39 east of Lynmouth towards The Foreland and Foreland Point and you'll come to The Blue Ball Inn. Great location for a pub and walk. The views from the South West Coast Path on The Foreland back down to Lynmouth/Lynton are sensational.

 

Visitor attractions

Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway. Head for The Esplanade behind Lynmouth Western Beach and you'll see the bottom of the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway by Lynmouth Pavilion National Park Centre. Take a trip in the cliff railway to Lynton, enjoy the spectacular views and then follow the path back down to Lynmouth. This path crosses the railway track and it's great to watch the cliff railway move up and down the side of the steep hill.

 

Beauty spots and views

Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway. The views across Lynmouth Bay to The Foreland/Foreland Point are remarkable.

The Valley of Rocks. If you follow the South West Coast Path west of the cliff railway you come to The Valley of Rocks. A Westcountry classic.

 

Coastal walking

South West Coast Path west to The Valley of Rocks. The South West Coast Path runs along the side of the coast at The Valley of Rocks. Follow it until you get to the roundabout at Castle Rock and then wander back up The Valley of Rocks to Lynton. If you like scrambling, move along the ridge between coast and valley.

South West Coast Path east to Foreland Point. Follow the South West Coast Path east to The Foreland. If you have a head for heights, there's a path that continues to Foreland Point but *only* use this if you're an experienced walker.

 

Inland walking

Follow the Coleridge Way to Watersmeet. There's a stunning valley walk to the National Trust's Watersmeet. Grab a cream tea and wander back.

Walk the Two Moors Way and Tarka Trail to the upper section of Watersmeet and wander back down to the beauty spot. Climb the very steep Two Moors Way from Lynmouth through Lyn Cleave to the upper lip of the valley. Continue until you hit the A39 then wander down to Watersmeet before following the Coleridge Way back to Lynmouth.

 

Boat trips

Head down to Lynmouth Quay. Boat trip information can be found on The Exmoor Boat Trip sign.

 

Wooded valleys

Watersmeet. Dartmoor and Exmoor are known for the rivers that rise on high moor and cut stunning valleys. Watersmeet is one of the best in the Westcountry.

Heddon's Mouth Cleave. Another stunning valley leading to Heddon's Mouth Beach. The South West Coast Path east and west of here is sublime.

 

Moorland

Doone Valley/Doone Country. Walk to Doone Valley across Brendon Common from the car parking areas by the B3223 Simonsbath and Lynmouth Road.

Dunkery Beacon. The highest point on Exmoor provides immense views. If you're there in late August/early September you'll get heather too.

 

North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Ilfracombe. A major North Devon destination. Take RIB rides along the Exmoor and North Devon coast. Head out to Lundy Island for a day. See Damien Hirst's sculpture Verity. Spend a day at the superb Tunnels Beaches (admission cost applies).

Woolacombe. Regularly voted the best beach in Britain, visit the vast arc of sand that runs from Woolacombe Sand down to Putsborough Sand. Surf. Go horse riding.