Hello and welcome back to all our lovely readers. We hope you all had a lovely festive period. Can you believe that we are now in January of 2021! Today we wanted to share a lovely walk with you that can be enjoyed any time of the year. We recently went there and enjoyed the route listening to the rushing water, leaves crunching underfoot and the overall peacefulness. This walk is called Watersmeet, which is in Lynton and Lynmouth. Watersmeet is given its name as it is the location at which the East River Lyn and the Hoar Oak Water meet.
Watersmeet is managed by the National Trust and is located in Exmoor, offering fantastic views, several good walks (over 2000 miles!) and a brilliant tea room (currently not open).
When it comes to the routes you can take you are a little spoilt for choice. There are several different places where you can park from which each of these walks starts. You can find more information on this by visiting the National Trust’s website. All of the walks include varied terrain, so we recommend wearing suitable footwear to accommodate. All the walks are dog-friendly, but the National Trust do ask that you keep dogs on a lead when there is livestock in the fields.
If you want to see dramatic coastal views, you will be pleased to hear about the two stunning coastal walks the National Trust have on offer. The first is Countisbury to Arnold’s Linhay which is around a 1 hour and 30-minute walk on mixed terrain. The walk takes in a stunning range of scenery from the dramatic coastline that looks over the Bristol Channel to the quaint woodlands below. For further information on this particular walk click here.
Another walk for the seaside lovers is Countisbury circular walk via Winston’s Path. This is a shorter route to the one above but still enjoys the spectacular views that make up this part of Exmoor including the dramatic coastline, river scenery and woodlands. For more information on this walk including a map click here.
For those wanting to keep to the woodlands and enjoy the scenery of a river walk, then the National Trust has two beautiful walks to enjoy. The first is a moderate walk called the Countisbury figure-of-eight. It is a 3-mile hike that encompasses a beautiful range of scenery, including the lovely woodland of Watersmeet to the coastal route around Countisbury. For more information on this pleasant walk, click here.
For those looking for a more gentle walk to enjoy, the Watersmeet to Ash Bridge circular route may be just what you are looking for. The walk is 2.2 miles and includes Watersmeet the National Trust House. You will get to enjoy unspoilt views of the East River Lyn. For further information on the walk, including a map click here.
Lynmouth Circular Walk
If you have an interest in Watersmeet due to the history it has with the town of Lynmouth that it would only be fitting to enjoy a walk from Lynmouth itself. This walk encompassed a large route across both Lynmouth, Countisbury, The South West Coast Path and Watersmeet which provides walkers with a spectacular selection of scenery including dramatic coastal views to meandering wooded paths and even waterfalls. The walk is 5.5 miles and includes varied terrain, to learn more about it click here.
Lynton and Lynmouth
As well as the stunning National Trust site of Watersmeet, when visiting enjoy the accompanying towns of Lynton and Lynmouth. Lynmouth is located at the bottom of the town with is partner town located above. Lynmouth is aptly named as it is the place at which the rivers meet the sea. Both villages are very pretty and connected by the Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway (by road).
During the summer months, there are places to both eat and shop in the towns.
We hope you have enjoyed today’s blog and perhaps have found a new location to enjoy walks while on holiday in Devon. If you are thinking of booking a holiday to Devon but are unsure where, why not consider Exmoor and be close to these stunning walks and towns. To take a look at our accommodation that is situated close by click here.