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North Devon Atlantic Cliff Cycling Route

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North Devon Cliff Cycling Route, based after a part of the route created by the famous cycling route author Harold Briercliffe. He described this area as the nicest areas of the UK to cycle.



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United Kingdom - View all cycling routes in this country | 5 stars | 31.4 km
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Lynmouth (distance from start: 1.13 m)

Lynton and Lynmouth
Lynmouth became famous because of the Lynmouth flood in 1952.  On 15 and 16 August 1952, a storm of tropical intensity broke over south-west England, depositing 229 millimetres (9.0 in) of rain within 24 hours on an already waterlogged Exmoor. Debris-laden floodwaters cascaded down the northern escarpment of the moor, converging upon the village of Lynmouth; in particular, in the upper West Lyn valley, a dam was formed by fallen trees, etc., which in due course gave way, sending a huge wave of water and debris down that river. Overnight, over 100 buildings were destroyed or seriously damaged along with 28 of the 31 bridges, and 38 cars were washed out to sea. In total, 34 people died, with a further 420 made homeless.

Lynmouth harbour (distance from start: 241 m)

Lynmouth harbour
Lynton and Lynmouth
Lynmouth harbour

Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway (distance from start: 424 m)

Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway
Lynton and Lynmouth
The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway is a great way to get a view on the bay. You can even take your bike up for 3 pounds (2011) and take the descent.

Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway (top) (distance from start: 646 m)

Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway (top)
Lynton and Lynmouth
The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway is a water-powered funicular railway joining the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth. It's an engineering joy!

Lyn and Exmoor Museum (distance from start: 798 m)

Lyn and Exmoor Museum
Lynton and Lynmouth
Lyn and Exmoor Museum has displays which include, A traditional Exmoor kitchen, paintings, engravings and photographs illustrating life in the area over a period of 200 years, including the Lynmouth Flood Disaster of 1952.

Lynton and Lynmouth Tourist Information Centre (distance from start: 879 m)

Lynton and Lynmouth Tourist Information Centre
Lynton and Lynmouth
Lynton and Lynmouth Tourist Information Centre:

Valley of the Rocks (distance from start: 2.24 km)

Valley of the Rocks
Lynton and Lynmouth
The Valley of the Rocks or The Valley of Rocks is a dry valley that runs parallel to the coast in north Devon. It is a popular tourist destination, noted for its herd of feral goats, and for its geology, having good exposures of the Lynton Beds that are among the oldest Devonian rocks in north Devon and are highly fossiliferous. Also of note are the periglacial features formed when this area was at the limit of glaciation during the last Ice Age. The valley is believed to owe its existence to the dissection by coastal cliff recession of a former extension of the valley of the East Lyn River which now meets the sea at Lynmouth.

Combe Martin (distance from start: 19.5 km)

Combe Martin
Combe Martin
Combe Martin is famous for its silver mines. There are several disused Silver mines on the eastern ridge and evidence of tunnels can still be seen, as well as the remains of a wheelhouse used to lift ore from the mine. There are items in the Crown Jewels made from Combe Martin silver.

St. Peter ad Vincula parish church (distance from start: 20.1 km)

St. Peter ad Vincula parish church
Combe Martin
Combe Martin parish church (St Peter ad Vincula). The chancel, nave and south transept are thought to have been in existence by the year 1200. The Bishop of Exeter is known to have visited the church in 1260.

Combe Martin Museum (distance from start: 21.2 km)

Combe Martin Museum
Combe Martin
Combe Martin Museum sits next to the Tourist Information Centre in Cross Street. Combe Martin has a rich history combining unique social customs with silver mining, lime burning, strawberry growing as well as the maritime aspects. A fantastic Seaside Laboratory will be the new attraction with the facility to explore the beach and go rockpooling. Our unique Sail Loft will offer an all year round indoor space for temporary exhibitions and a new exciting programme of activities for all ages will be available.

Watermouth Castle (distance from start: 25.1 km)

Watermouth Castle
Watermouth Castle was designed by George Wightwick as a residence for the Basset family in the mid 19th-century and is not a true castle but a country house built to resemble one. Located near the shore of the inlet of Watermouth, the castle houses a collection of Victorian antiques centred around domestic tools and amusement machines, a family theme park and holiday apartments.

Ilfracombe Museum (distance from start: 30.7 km)

Ilfracombe Museum
Ilfracombe Museum was opened in 1932 in Ilfracombe Hotel's Victorian laundry and contains attractions from around the world including pickled bats and the two-headed kitten. It also contains items and photographs of local railway interest including one of the concrete name boards from the now closed Ilfracombe railway station, which can be seen on the front wall of the museum; and a collection of pieces of Victorian wedding cakes. It also has oak panels salvaged from the wreck of HMS Montagu.

Ilfracombe Harbour (distance from start: 31.4 km)

Ilfracombe Harbour
Ilfracombe harbour

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