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East Lyn River

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East Lyn River

East Lyn River
Country England
County Somerset
Source East Lyn (Upper)
 - location Malmsmead
 - elevation 230 m (755 ft)
 - coordinates
Secondary source Hoar Oak Water
 - elevation 260 m (853 ft)
Source confluence
 - location Watersmeet House
 - elevation 150 m (492 ft)
 - coordinates
Mouth Lynmouth
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates
The gorge section
Grade 3 rapids after the gorge
East Lyn at Lynmouth

The East Lyn is a river which rises high in Exmoor, in the English county of Somerset. It flows through the East Lyn Valley in Devon.


  • History 1
  • Watercourse 2
  • Recreation 3
    • Angling 3.1
    • Walking 3.2
    • Whitewater kayaking 3.3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The Lynmouth Disaster occurred on the East Lyn river[1] due to rocks and fallen trees having been washed into the West Lyn river. These formed a log jam near Watersmeet, forming a landslide dam. When the pressure behind the dam increased to uncontrollable levels, the water broke out of the dam, and rushed down the East Lyn (via the convergence of the rivers) into Lynmouth, obliterating houses and ultimately resulting in 34 deaths. Boulders from the incident can still be seen today, lining the banks of the East Lyn as it travels into Lynmouth today.


The river is formed as the Upper East Lyn at West Lyn River and flows into the Bristol Channel at Lynmouth.[3]



Angling interests especially in the summer are targeted towards the salmon which migrate up the river to spawn. There is also trout fishing.[4]


It is popular for walkers with the Two Moors Way near to much of the river.

Whitewater kayaking

Whitewater kayakers frequently run this river in the winter when seeking a challenging Grade 4 paddle.[5]


  1. ^ "The 1952 Flood Disaster in Context". Exmoor National Park. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Watersmeet". National Trust. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "River East Lyn". Somerset Rivers. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Eats Lyn". Fishing the West. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "River East Lyn - Brendon to Watersmeet". UK Rivers Guidebook. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 

External links

  • National Trust website on the East Lyn river
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