Lympstone Today

Lympstone Harbour from the air
Lympstone today is a village of around 2000 people on the eastern shore of the Exe Estuary, with a few houses and farms scattered on higher ground inland towards the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths.

The rich heritage of the village has shaped how the streets look today. Over 70 listed buildings make a picturesque and little-changed village core, whilst new houses are in small estates off the roads into the village.

The village stretches for almost a mile from the area around the Saddlers Arms on the A376 (the higher village’) past the church and nursery to the densely packed ‘lower village’ around the harbour and the station. Lympstone doesn’t have a through road to anywhere else, so it suffers less than most places from traffic. Instead it now welcomes walkers and cyclists along the Exe Estuary Trail from Exmouth to Exeter. The village’s pubs are popular stopping off points for these thirsty visitors.

Employment in the village and on its farms has declined, and many people work in Exmouth or Exeter, or at the nearby Royal Marines Commando Training Centre.

The maritime nature of the parish continues to be a major aspect, with the water drawing holidaymakers to stay in the several dozen holiday cottages, and the Lympstone Sailing Club a key leisure and social focal point.

The parish presents a well-kept, easy-going and even affluent image, though this does not mean that all of its residents are older or affluent.  Lympstone remains a happily mixed community of younger and older, larger and smaller houses, single people and families, ‘incomers’ and ‘locals’ and this mix forms a basis for a balanced, sustainable community. The village supports a thriving primary school and pre-school and also an independent preparatory school St. Peters. As well as 4 pubs, there are several shops, including a general store and post office, cafe, hairdressers, nursery and garden centre as well as a whole host of small businesses that the community enjoy.

Lympstone is a quintessential Devon estuary side village.  It’s quiet, characterful and charming – an oasis of tranquillity in the modern world – yet teeming with vitality; art and social activity at its very core. Undoubtedly one of the strongest characteristics is the ‘Community spirit’ – described by Devon Life as a ‘Community Powerhouse’, and recognised as Devon Village of the Year in 2007.

The village calendar shows how dozens of groups and societies foster many opportunities for entertainment and participation.

Parish Council News


Notice of conclusion of auditAnnual Governance & Accountability Return for the year ended 31 March 2022




Next Lympstone Parish Council meeting: 7.30pm on Monday 13th May 2024 in the Meeting Room at the Village Hall.  AGENDA here when available


LATEST:  EXTRA Planning meeting of Lympstone Parish Council, to held 6.00pm on Tuesday 16th April 2024 in the Meeting Room at the Village Hall. Agenda here

QR Code Agenda for 8th April LPC meeting below

PLANNING 2024:    PLANNING Link – here

EDDC Local Plan Proposed Development Sites – Public response form and maps here 

LPC Response letter here

TRAVEL:  Stagecoach are implementing a large number of bus service changes on Sunday 14th April 2024 – copy here

Timetables here


GWR – D1 train times 10 December 2023 to 1 June 2024 here

Lympstone Flood Resilience Group

Lympstone Flood Resilience Group NEWS »

LFRG successful in grant application from DCC

Documents from the Lympstone Flood Resilience Group can be found here »

LFRG Information Panels: Drop In Event

  1. Our Location and Resources
  2. Our Partners and Modelling
  3. Our Risks and Conclusions

Slow scroll videos of the panels can be seen here 

LFRG Flood Response Plan here

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