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Lynton from Southcliff Hill
|Population||1,157 (2011 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Police||Devon and Cornwall|
|Fire||Devon and Somerset|
Lynton is a small town on the Exmoor coast in the North Devon district of the county of Devon, England. It is located close to the harbour village of Lynmouth, and shares the same town council. Lynton is situated approximately halfway between Barnstaple and Minehead.
Location and geography
Lynton stands on top of the cliffs above the harbour village of Lynmouth. The two communities are governed at local level by Lynton and Lynmouth Town Council. The two settlements are connected by the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway. Lynton was once the terminus for the narrow-gauge Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, which served both towns.
The South West Coast Path and Tarka Trail pass through, and the Two Moors Way runs from Ivybridge in South Devon to Lynmouth; the Samaritans Way South West runs from Bristol to Lynton and the Coleridge Way from Nether Stowey to Lynmouth.
History and buildings
Lynton's Parish Church of St Mary, stands overlooking the sea, surrounded by shops and hotels. The tower is mainly 13th century but the church itself has been enlarged and altered — most notably in 1741 and in late Victorian/early Edwardian times.
Many of the town's buildings were constructed in the latter part of the 19th century and the early 20th century. The town hall was given to the town by Sir George Newnes, Bart., a major benefactor of the town; it was opened on 15 August 1900. He also gave the town the United Reformed Church building (originally a Congregational church) on Lee Road.
As of September 2020[update], Lynton is served by the following bus services:
- 309/310 Lynton & Lynmouth - Barnstaple (Filers Travel)
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