Lynmouth is probably best known amongst the general public for the terrible flood that occurred on the night of Friday 15th August 1952. 34 people in all lost their lives on Exmoor that night, of whom 16 were in Lynmouth. Over fifty years later you still sense a certain fear of the little stream that runs through the centre of the village. The houses seem to keep a respectful distance.
Amongst fans of funiculars it is better known for the Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway. This ancient line, opened in April 1890, is one of the few that is still water powered and hasn't been converted to electricity. Very ecologically sound.