Watersmeet Walk Lynmouth, North Devon Walks, England, UK
Watersmeet Walk Lynmouth was about 4.75 miles in distance and located in Exmoor National Park. The terrain of this route included moorland, woods, fields, coastal path, riverside paths and bridges. It can be muddy in places; there is one steep ascent; and the path is well-signposted with no stiles to negotiate.
Watersmeet walk starts in Lynmouth and is one of the best walks in the Exmoor National Park. The walk is very diverse and includes a section of the South West Coast Path, with fabulous coastal views. Where the East Lyn River and Hoaroak Water meet is Watersmeet House, a National Trust property. This used to be a fishing lodge but today it is an information centre, tea room and shop by the National Trust.
Lynmouth is a small Devon village on the northern edge of Exmoor, straddling the confluence of the West Lyn and East Lyn rivers. It is located in a gorge 210 metres below Lynton to which it is linked by the Lynmouth Cliff Railway. There is a lovely walk along the seafront with views towards the colourful cliffs of Foreland Point.
Starting from Lyndale Cross car park in Lynmouth, leg one went south east beside a river to Watersmeet House. Leg headed north uphill through woodland and over fields to Countisbury. To complete the walk, the third and final leg turned west on the coast path and through woodland to return to Lynmouth.
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Watersmeet Walk Lynmouth Route
The Watersmeet Walk Lynmouth route was circular in an anti-clockwise direction with three legs.
On this first leg we started from Lyndale Cross car park and headed south east upriver along a riverside path to Watersmeet House.
- We began by following a path between the car park and the East Lyn River, on the right side of the river, travelling upriver into the East Lyn Valley.
- At the second bridge we went left over it and turned right to continue following river into the valley.
- We followed signs to ‘Watersmeet’ beside the river and crossed back over the river at the next bridge, then turned left to continue following the river.
- We passed one bridge and soon went around a riverside property.
- Continuing with the river on our left we joined a track for a while until it crossed the river over a bridge.
- We carried on, passing the bridge and when the sound of running water increased, the National Trust’s Watersmeet House came into view.
- At the next bridge we cross the river and then a second bridge to reach the Watersmeet cafe which looked like a great picnic spot.
Having walked about 2 miles to this point, the second leg headed north uphill through woodland then over fields to cliffs at Countisbury.
- We passed Watersmeet House on our left and then took a path that zig-zagged steeply uphill behind it.
- As we climbed the hill the oak trees got smaller and more unusual.
- At the top we emerged on to the grassy mounds of an Iron Age hillfort.
- We continued on the path as it went uphill again, through a gate.
- After crossing a large field we passed through three gates close together and followed an path enclosed by walls.
- Heading directly towards coast, the path descended a little to a road, towards Countisbury.
- Being careful here, as it was a potentially dangerous corner, we crossed the road and went left on the Tarmac for about 20 metres.
- We turned right just before a pub car park along a little path towards a little church.
- Going through a gate we entered the church grounds, went round to left side and out through another gate soon arriving on the South West Coast Path on cliff tops.
- Apparently there are great coastal views here but we were unlucky as sea mist obscured our views.
Having walked about 3.25 miles to this point, the third and final leg headed west along the coast path and through woodland back to Lynmouth.
- We turned left along the South West Coast Path which led us clearly back down to Lynmouth.
- The path led us through the bracken as it gradually descended and we passed through a gate.
- Continuing ahead on the path we enjoying views ahead of us towards Lynmouth.
- Eventually the path ascended a little up steps to a road.
- We turned right along the road then joined a path beside the road for a short distance.
- The path then zig-zagged down through woodland towards Lynmouth.
- Emerging onto a tarmac path next to a wall we turned right towards the seafront then went left along the seafront, going through the park.
- We continued ahead towards the Bath Hotel, crossing a bridge over the river, turned left beside the river, crossed the road.
- Continuing along a path ahead of us with the river on our left we returned to the car park on our right.
When Done & With Whom
I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a Berrynarbor hiking holiday during November 2013. We drove from our holiday accommodation in Berrynarbor, North Devon to the start location of Lynmouth, North Devon and parked in Lyndale Cross car park at grid reference SS723496, which was also the start location of the hike.