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The East Lyn River is formed from several main tributaries beginning near Weir Water. Its mouth is at Lynmouth, The valley is abundant with wildlife, including dippers, grey wagtails and heron.During the Ice Age glacial erosion eroded one side of the valley resulting in the steep valley which is seen today. This was responsible for floods in the valley in 1952.
The area was the setting for Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore.The church at Oare appeared in the novel. St Brendan’s church in the village of Brendon also overlooks the valley; the current building dates to 1738. The Brendon Hills form part of the landscape.
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