The most famed Lynton and Lynmouth family attraction has always been the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway! Not only is it a historic connection between two towns but it’s also become a Devon landmark that attracts thousand every year. Opened in 1890, the railway is a key form of transport between two villages and it’s also one of the best ways to admire the coastal views.
Visitors can stand on the same platforms as generations before them and enjoy the 862 foot climb (or descent!) between two historic and very different communities. The area was dubbed ‘England’s little Switzerland’ by those who visited it, and as you glide down the cliff and look out to sea it’s easy to understand why. Dogs are welcome to ride on the cliff railway as long as they remain on their leads, and there are car parks in both Lynton and Lynmouth.
In the days before the resorts were connected by the railway they relied on sea transport, and although visitors could hire ponies to carry them up the cliff it was difficult for them to make the journey. These days, a ride on the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway is one of the highlights of a visit to the area and it’s a great experience.