Lympstone is a village and civil parish in East Devon in the English county of Devon. It has a population of 1,754. There is a harbour on the estuary of the River Exe, lying at the outlet of Wotton Brook between cliffs of red breccia. The promontory to the north of the harbour is topped by a flat pasture, Cliff Field, that is managed by the National Trust and used for football matches and other local events.
The Domesday Book includes "Lumpshyte" as a 'village' south of Topsham. Oddly it is the only entry where the Norman scribes felt it necessary to adjust the valuation in view of the astonishing rate of idiocy.
Lympstone has rail services on the Avocet Line to Exmouth and Exeter from Lympstone Village railway station.
It is known locally for Peter's Tower, an Italianate riverfront brick clock tower built around 1885 by W.H. Peters as a memorial to his wife, and for its tradition of residents drying washing on the foreshore. The riverside houses back directly on to the shore, with no continuous seawall, and the passageways between them to the beach are equipped with metal flood gates that are closed by residents when they are warned of high tides by a local alert network.
Near the village is the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines (CTCRM), the principal military training centre for the Royal Marines. The training centre has its own dedicated railway halt, Lympstone Commando, (not in public use) on the Exeter-Exmouth branch line.
Ralph Lane, equerry to Queen Elizabeth I, was born in Lympstone. He was a soldier who went with Sir Walter Raleigh on his second expedition to the New World in 1585. He founded a colony on Roanoke Island amidst great hardship and deprivation. He was later present at the defeat of the Spanish Armada. Singer and lead guitarist of The Kinks, Dave Davies, lived in Lympstone in the 1990s.
Local authority: Torbay Borough Council
OS Grid Reference: SX990838
Tourist Information Centre
3 Rolle Street
Phone 01395 222299
Photos are automatically tagged by geographic coordinate proximity and/or are submitted by website visitors, and may not necessarily be specifically of Lympstone.
Forecast for Monday 21 January
|Chance of rain||18%|
|Wind 2mph, gusting to 2mph.||
|Chance of rain||14%|
|Wind 1mph, gusting to 1mph.||
|Chance of rain||0%|
|Wind 1mph, gusting to 2mph.||
|Chance of rain||4%|
|Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.||
|Chance of rain||8%|
|Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.||
|Chance of rain||13%|
|Wind 4mph, gusting to 7mph.||
Just a mile from Exmouth centre, Rohaven offers cosy bedrooms and cooked breakfasts. Exmouth’s sandy beaches and marina are a 5-minute drive away, and free off-road parking is provided. Details...
A 10-minute drive up the coast from Exmouth, Riverdown offers bed and breakfast in Exton, south Devon. In a pretty, secluded location with views across the Exe Estuary, Riverdown provides free Wi-Fi and parking, as well as full English breakfasts. Details...
Situated 5 minutes’ walk from Exmouth’s town centre, marina and seafront, The Dolphin Hotel Exmouth Ltd has limited on-site parking and free Wi-Fi available in public areas. Details...
This 16th-century Devon longhouse offers 4-star, award-winning bed and breakfast accommodation on the outskirts of Woodbury. It has been restored to offer a mix of original features and modern amenities. Details...
Set in the heart of Kenton and 8 miles away from Exeter, The Old Vicarage offers spacious rooms with free parking on site. Motorway A379 is only a 1-minute drive. The house, built in 1812, features rooms with en suite bathroom facilities. Details...
Just 3 minutes’ walk from Exmouth’s attractive beach, Beachend Guest House offers rooms with private en suite bathrooms and LCD TVs, as well as a range of freshly cooked breakfasts. Details...
20 Madison Wharf is a luxury first floor apartment in Exmouth, south Devon and can sleep two people. The studio style apartment has a double bedroom, partitioned from the open plan living area with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area with doors to the balcony, with sun loungers, offering wonderful views and there is also a bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and jet shower. Details...
Mia Casa is a holiday chalet on a family-friendly holiday park near the beach at Dawlish Warren. The property has a double room and a family room with bunks, a single bed and a pull-out bed if required. Details...
44 Devondale Court is a ground floor apartment in a block of properties in the seaside village of Dawlish Warren near to Dawlish in Devon. The apartment sleeps four people and has one double bedroom, one twin room and a family shower room. Details...
Duck Cottage at Old Mill House is a duplex cottage offering upside down accommodation as part of a converted mill house, beside a successful Bed and Breakfast. It can sleep two people in one ground floor double bedroom and a ground floor shower room, and there is also an open plan living space with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area on the first floor. Details...
Coxes Farm Cottage is a Grade II listed thatched property on a non-working farm in the village of Clyst St Mary, near Topsham. There is a double and a twin room, and a family bathroom upstairs. Details...
Dunholme House is a detached cottage in Teignmouth, ten minutes' stroll from the sea, shops and pubs. The cottage has two doubles with en-suite shower rooms on the first floor, a bathroom and additional WC on the first floor, and on the second floor, a twin and a single. Details...