Here at the confluence of the East & West Lyn Rivers sits the picturesque harbour village of Lynmouth. Whitewashed cottages and shops backed by the dramatic hills and valleys of Exmoor meet the rugged coastline forming the highest sea cliffs in England. Its spectacular beauty inspired famous literary figures such as Wordsworth, Coleridge and Blackmore. Percy Bysshe Shelley, the 19C English Romantic Poet honeymooned there during the summer of 1812 at Mrs Hooper's Lodgings, now Shelley's Hotel, with his child bride Harriet Westbrook.
As they were unable to make the Grand Tour due to conflict in Europe the Victorians visited the area, naming it "Little Switzerland" as it reminded them so much of the country.