Devon Life Lynton and Lynmouth
Usually when we decide to go out somewhere we struggle to agree. This times wasn’t so hard as Michele wanted to visit Lynton and I wanted to visit Watersmeet. As they are close we decided on both.
It’s been four years since we have been to Lynton and Lynmouth. There are so many places to visit in North Devon that some of the favourites can be forgotten. Our last visit was when we came to Devon on Holiday. The same holiday we viewed Moorparks and the same time we decided to move to Devon. This visit was off season though as it can get very busy and we may as well enjoy the advantage of no traffic and less visitors.
It’s 862 foot length of track; from Lynmouth nestling at the foot of the cliffs to Lynton perched 500 feet above.
The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway is the only fully water powered railway in the UK. It was opened in 1890 and is the highest and the steepest totally water powered railway in the world!
The Lift works on a simple balancing principle.When each car is ‘docked’ with full water tanks the cars are in balance and are ready for loading.
Each tank holds 700 gallons of water. As passengers board, variations are accommodated for by the brakes which clamp the cars to the rails.
At the top of the cliff railway you step off into Lynton with some stunning views across to Wales. Lots of independent shops, cafes and an abundance of art galleries. Many of the buildings date from the late 19th Century.
After our trip back down the cliff railway we stopped by the harbour for fish and chips. We then headed off for Watersmeet.
Watersmeet House is a National Trust property and a popular destination to stop off for a cream tea. The walk from Lynmouth is about two miles, alternatively there is a parking area and a short walk.