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Welcome to Lynton and Lynmouth

Lynton and Lynmouth is an English civil parish within the district of North Devon and the county of Devon

The parish is named after its two main settlements of Lynton, which stands on a plateau above the Glen Lyn Gorge, and Lynmouth which lies at the foot of the gorge where the West Lyn River and East Lyn River converge and then meet the sea. The two are connected by the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, a water-powered funicular railway. The area is also sometimes poetically termed Little Switzerland, on account of the scenic landscape which was considered by early tourists to resemble the landscapes of Switzerland. The parish lies within Exmoor National Park. In 1952 it was the scene of the devastating Lynmouth flood when in one night 35 people were killed and a further 420 were made homeless. Over 100 buildings and 28 bridges were destroyed.

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    North Devon

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    South West

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    Devon & Cornwall Police Force

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    Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

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    NHS Devon CCG

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