Exploring in North Devon and Exmoor
From smugglers to miners, pirates to poets, there is a piece of Exmoor and North Devon history around us to interest everyone. Our two villages and immediately surrounding area have plenty to see and explore to get a better understanding of what has shaped the villages as we know them today.
Lynmouth Flood, 1952
The Lynmouth Flood of 1952 was one of the worst natural disasters to happen in England. The village's layout was changed as a result of the sudden flash flood, and you can see images and a scale model of the original village, and notes of remembrance about the 34 people who lost their lives, at The Lynmouth Flood Memorial Hall housed in the old Lifeboat Station building.
R.D. Blackmore and Lorna Doone
The rugged beauty of Exmoor has inspired many works of art, both pictorial and written.
R. D. Blackmore wrote his famous novel, Lorna Doone based on the beauty and drama of the Exmoor moors. The heart of Lorna Doone country is Malmsmead, a small hamlet on Exmoor and a short drive away from The Bath Hotel. You can also visit Oare Church, from the famous scene where Lorna Doone was shot by her half-brother, Carver. A link for more information on the church and the connections with Lorna Doone is HERE.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge & The Rime of The Ancient Mariner
Famous poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, was also inspired by Exmoor. Although no works specifically mention Exmoor, the studies that he did on the area appear in many works. Coleridge also stayed at a cottage near Culbone Church (said to be the smallest Parish Church still in use), a half an hour drive away from The Bath Hotel. He lends his name to a recognised walking route which passes through Culbone and ends in Lynmouth, The Coleridge Way. He is also why our bar and restaurant is called The Ancient Mariner.
Gustave Dore engraving for The Rime of The Ancient Mariner by Coleridge.
Nestled in the Old Town in Lynton, is the small but perfectly formed Lynton Museum. Home to numerous local artifacts and curios, you can also discover a wealth of information about the 1952 flood, and the letters and donations that poured in from across the country to support those affected by the devastation. For information on the museum, click HERE.
There are many medieval and historic remains which you can see around Lynton and Lynmouth. While you're out exploring Doone country, why not walk up Badgworthy Water to the site of a medieval village, now riverside ruins? You can read more about it on the 'Historic England' web-page, HERE. There are also medieval remains on The Cleaves, just up from Watersmeet car park, or on top of Wind Hill, near the Blue Ball Inn. There's also the remains of the private home, Hollerday House, up in Lynton, where you can still wander through the old tennis courts, and see the ruins of the property.