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Published June 28th 2018
Take a trip up high on the edge of a cliff
On the north coast of Devon sits this interesting tourist experience in the form of the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway which has been operating for more than 100 years.



It connects the two towns together with Lynton sitting at around 500ft on top of the Cliff and Lynmouth at the bottom, originally used for both passengers and freight it now transports the many thousands of visiting tourists between the towns each year and is a major tourist attraction in its own right.

First opening in 1890 after 3 years of construction that mostly involved manually removing rocks after blasting, it was a great feat of Victorian engineering and remains so with it being the world's highest and steepest water-powered railway, providing passengers with a unique view of the rugged coastline.

As this is a popular attraction having carried as many as 470,000 passengers in one year, you may want to travel both down and back up if you are looking to get photos. Moving around the car when it fills up can be difficult as there's not a lot of room. We only travelled up on it having walked down from the top so didn't get as many pictures as we wanted.



There is a small café at the top of the railway, selling a decent variety of food and hot drinks, it has a nice view.

Walking between the two towns is also possible and fairly easy on the way down, but not wheelchair friendly.
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Why? For a scenic view on a piece of history
Phone: 01598 753486
Where: Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway The Esplanade, Lynmouth EX35 6EQ
Cost: Adult one way £ 2.90 Return £ 3.90; Child (4 - 13 years) One way £ 1.80 Return £ 2.40; Dogs, Baggage & Pushchairs One way £ 1.00 Return £ 1.50
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