Lynmouth is a village in Devon, England. It is on the north edge of Exmoor, at the confluence of the West Lyn and East Lyn rivers.
The stretch of coast overlooked by Lynton and occupied by Lynmouth is a spectacular combination of sweeping moorland, high rugged tree clad cliffs and enticing sheltered bays.
In 1086 the population of Lynton and Lynmouth with Countisbury was 425, and in 1801 it had only risen to 601. Soon, however, the repercussions of the Napoleonic Wars began to effect the twin villages. Wealthy families, afraid to travel on the continent decided to explore hitherto ignored beauty spots on this side of the Channel. Among the first to arrive were Shelley, Wordsworth and Coleridge who were charmed by the rare beauty and peace.
Gradually new houses and hotels were built to cater for the holidaymakers. Roads were improved and in 1898 a narrow gauge railway was opened from Barnstaple -- this, unfortunately, only lasted until 1935 when it fell victim to the advance of the motor car. Today the population of the twin villages is approximately two thousand. Source