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The local area guide to living in Lynmouth

Lynmouth can be found to the north of Exmoor National Park, in Devon, England. It’s sat at the point where the Lyn rivers join, and its closest neighbour, Lynton, rests atop the nearby cliffs and is connected to Lynmouth via a cable car system.

Lynmouth and Lynton lie within the Exmoor National Park boundary, renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and Lynmouth was lauded in particular by the famed 18th century artist Thomas Gainsborough, who claimed that Lynmouth was “the most delightful place for a landscape painter this country can boast”.

With its gorgeous countryside, good local schools and all the essential necessities, Lynmouth is a charming English village offering some of the very best of not only Devon, but all of England.

Information about the local residents

Lynmouth has a population of 1,441, with several hundred in the nearby village of Lynton typically included in census data gathered. Women outnumber men in the area as the ratio of males to females in the village was: females 52% and males 48%.

The average age of people in Lynton and Lynmouth is 49, while the median age is higher at 53. This is far older than the national average, which sits at around 40, and might be explained by the number of senior professionals in the area. 1 in 4 residents are in employment, working as senior managers or directors, with a further 20% being skilled tradesmen. Just over half of the residents are married, and most are of the Christian faith.

Nearby schools

Lynmouth and Lynton have two primary schools serving the villages: Lynton Church of England Primary School on Market Street and Parracombe Church of England Primary School farther away in Barnstaple. Both schools have a fine reputation and have performed well in national league tables.

Lynton Church of England Primary currently has 57 pupils on its roll aged between 5 – 11 years. Girls far outnumber boys in the school with a ratio of 71.9% girls to 28.1% boys. The larger town of Barnstaple approximately 19 miles away has a number of secondary schools, and some further education colleges for older learners.

Getting around

A regular bus service, the 309/310, operates between Lynton and the larger town of Barnstaple. Barnstaple is served by a regular train service to Exeter. A local bus service operates between Lynmouth, Ilfracombe, Porlock and Minehead. Lynton’s closest train stations can be found in Taunton and Barnstaple.

Tiverton Parkway is also close by, however, isn’t accessible via public transport, requiring other methods such as a car. Taunton and Tiverton have excellent rail connections to London, Bristol, Birmingham and beyond. The main motorways connecting Lynmouth and Lynton to the rest of the country are the A39 and A361. The closest airports are Bristol and Exeter airports, which are 2 hours and 1 ¼ hours away respectively.

Local shops

Lynmouth has attractions for all ages and tastes. Exmoor is a must do with its breathtaking natural beauty and wildlife, especially the majestic red deer and wild Exmoor ponies. The Lynton and Barnstaple Railway is a narrow gauge railway (fun for the kids and a nostalgic trip back in time!) running through some of the loveliest countryside in North Devon.

It runs along the cliffs, granting spectacular views, and after an excursion on the railway, the whole family can relax in local pubs and sample Devon’s renowned home-baked scones. There are several pubs in the town and nearby Lynton, such as ‘The Village Inn’ and ‘The Rising Sun’.

Watersmeet is also nearby, and is the site of a dramatic river gorge, ancient woodlands and tea garden; its rich woods and exciting rivers are just waiting to be discovered! If shopping is desired, the closest place with a large shopping centre is Barnstaple, which has the Green Lanes Shopping Centre and over 30 stores.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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