West Lyn River

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

West Lyn River
Glen Lyn Gorge
Physical characteristics
  locationBenjamy, The Chains, Somerset, England
  coordinates51°10′36″N 3°38′40″W
  elevation400 m (1,300 ft)
Devon, England
51°13′46″N 3°49′44″W
0 m (0 ft)
Basin features
  leftRiver West Lyn

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" (PDF). English Nature. Retrieved 26 May 2009.

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