West Lyn River

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West Lyn River
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Glen Lyn Gorge
Physical characteristics
 • locationThe Chains, Somerset, England
 • coordinates51°10′36″N 3°38′40″W / 51.17667°N 3.64444°W / 51.17667; -3.64444
 • elevation400 m (1,300 ft)
 • location
Devon, England
 • coordinates
51°13′46″N 3°49′44″W / 51.22944°N 3.82889°W / 51.22944; -3.82889Coordinates: 51°13′46″N 3°49′44″W / 51.22944°N 3.82889°W / 51.22944; -3.82889
 • elevation
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Basin features
 • leftRiver West Lyn

The West Lyn is a river in England which rises high in Exmoor, Somerset, and joins the East Lyn at Lynmouth in Devon.

The upper reaches have been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, because of the geomorphological landforms created in the 1952 flood.[1]

The lower reaches of the river towards Lynmouth, known as the Glen Lyn Gorge, is a tourist attraction including a museum about the local water cycle, the floods of 1952, and a small hydroelectric plant.

Water is piped from the river to generate hydroelectric power for the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, which is a water-balance funicular railway.


  1. ^ "River Lyn SSSI citation sheet" (PDF). English Nature. Retrieved 26 May 2009.