The twin villages of Lynton and Lynmouth have a rich and fascinating history.
They are also a fine example of Victorian philanthropy, with great architecture largely paid for by Sir George Newnes, making for a very attractive stroll around this historic area.
We start our tour in Lynmouth at the scene on the disastrous flood in 1952, and ascend to Lynton with a ride on the unique water powered cliff railway (February to November)
A spectacular cliff top walk with views to the Welsh coast brings us to “Little Switzerland” and the valley of the Rocks.
We have a good chance of spotting the rare breed feral goats that live in the valley, and there are tales from Lorna Doone to be told as we spy the Devil’s Cheesewring and Castle Rock, summer home of Mother Meldrum.
We enjoy views of the iron age hill fort at Hollerday Hill, site of George Newnes mansion, sadly burnt down in mysterious circumstances, and walk back through the charming back lanes of the town.
We finish our tour with a visit to the venerable old town hall and the Church of St Mary the Virgin, a grade 2* listed building with a 13th century tower and Art Nouveau detailing.
A short road trip takes you to Woody Bay, where your hosts at the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway will see you onto their steam railway train for a relaxing trip back in time.
To finish your splendid Victorian day out you will be treated to a traditional Devonshire cream tea .