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West Lyn River

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West Lyn River

West Lyn River
Glen Lyn Gorge
Country England
County Somerset
 - location Benjamy, The Chains, Somerset, England
 - elevation 400 m (1,312 ft)
 - coordinates
Secondary source Barbrook
 - location near Ilkerton Ridge, Devon, England
 - elevation 300 m (984 ft)
 - coordinates
Mouth Lynmouth
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates

The West Lyn is a river in England which rises high in Exmoor, Somerset, and joins the East Lyn at Lynmouth in Devon.

The upper reaches have been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, because of the geomorphological landforms created in the 1952 flood.[1]

The lower reaches of the river towards Lynmouth, known as the Glen Lyn Gorge, is a tourist attraction including a museum about the local water cycle, the floods of 1952, and a small hydroelectric plant.

Water is piped from the river to generate hydroelectric power for the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway, which is a water-balance funicular railway.


  1. ^ "River Lyn SSSI citation sheet". English Nature. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 

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