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Lynmouth 2012

In August 1952 the small coastal town of Lynmouth was devastated by floods after days of continuous rain. The West Lyn and the East Lyn rivers burst their banks and flowed through the town destroying property and lives.

My family has now been visiting Lynmouth for 46 years, always staying the same place, a place which holds memories galore for me as I first visited it when I was 9 years old. In my adult years I have not had much opportunity to return but this April I took my aged parents back for a weeks holiday. We went in the second week of April. It was bitterly cold and we only had warmth and sunshine for 3 days, the rest of the time it was grey but at least it was mainly dry. Most days we huddled in the car with a good book and a thermos of hot coffee enjoying the views over Exmoor.


the cottage we always stayed in

view from the living room window towards the manor house

view from the back bedroom

the water cannon in action in the Glen Lyn Manor estate. They have harnessed the power of the water in the river and produce enough electricty for themselves as well as the national grid.

Lynmouth has changed little over the years. When we first went in 1963 it was the first year that the Glen Lyn estate had really been open for visitors after Lynmouth suffered appalling loss and damage during the floods of 1952. The Rising Sun was the first pub in the village although it now offers accommodation and rather more upmarket food. There is still a fudge shop and tea gardens. However, the appeal of the place is its beautiful location and easy access to the moors and surrounding countryside.

the harbour

another view of the harbour at high tide

the Rhenish tower and Mars Hill, location of the Rising Sun

During the week we managed a couple of riverside walks and I spent a couple of hours each day beachcombing on the beach and trying to avoid the incoming tide – unsuccessfully – while trying to photograph the waves.

Lynmouth beach looking towards Foreland point

view towards the cliffs on the other side of Lynmouth

high tide and rough weather


several times we saw surfers clad in wetsuits enjoying the long swell


As this was probably the last visit we re-visited all our favourite haunts:

the valley of the rocks

Robbers Bridge


Oare valley


views of Oare valley from above

the ford at Malmsead

This is Lorna Doone country and the action in the book is supposed to have taken place here. Many years ago we walked up the “Doone Valley” but it is beyond my parents’ abilities now.

We re-visited Arlington Court, home of the Chichester Family. Sir Francis, the lone yachtsman lived here and the family’s love of the sea and ships of all sorts is immediately obvious from the vast collection of model ships.



The house and grounds of Arlington Court


ancient ceramic tile found in the grounds of the manor

stained glass window in the chapel


Chambercombe Manor, reputedly the most haunted house in the UK

One day I took the woodland walk from Watersmeet to Lynmouth


through the hanging woods

full of primroses,

wood anemones,

arum lilies

and the buds of new ferns

I snapped this pheasant on our last day as we were driving over the moors

Porlock bay lay open below us

one of the cottages in the very picturesque hamlet of Selworthy, maintained by the National Trust

more picturesque cottages in the town of Dunster

If you are interested in reading more about the flood disaster go here and here

Comments on: "Lynmouth 2012" (3)

  1. Carol, these are so fabulous. I love all the images, especially the coastline and the primroses. So many memories. Hazel

  2. These are stunning photos of a stunning landscape!

  3. gailkav said:

    Wild primroses, pheasants, the Oare Valley – things I haven’t seen for so long, and hardly changed – thank you, Carol.

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