Lympstone-off the beaten track, timeless and charming, on the Exe Estuary.
Nestling under low red sandstone cliffs on the eastern side of the Exe Estuary some 3 miles inland from Exmouth. With far reaching views across the river towards Powderham and in the far distance Haldon Belvedere. Once renown for shipbuilding and fishing the sleepy harbour now provides a safe refuge for small pleasure boats, and has a keen sailing club.
Explore the village's narrow winding streets not forgetting its pubs such as the Swan Inn and restaurants. Though many of the buildings in the lower village burnt down in 1833 there is still a delightful mix of architectural styles from cob and thatch in the upper village particularly along Church Road to slate and brick dwellings fronting the estuary. Walk along the gravely foreshore, look up to Peters Tower built in 1885? See the wooden net drying poles where to this day villagers hang their washing out to dry as they have done for centuries past. A very evocative photograph from 1904 does indeed show strings of hemp net hung between those poles.
Stop for a meal in the 16th century Swan Inn, known for its delicious fresh food, or in the Globe Inn. Stroll up to Cliff Field for fine views over the villages river front, and northwards up the Estuary and across towards Mamhead. Ride or walk the Exe Estuary Trail. Take the train to Exmouth or Exeter.
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