GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Lynmouth to Watersmeet Walk

5 miles (8 km)

Follow a series of super trails through 2000 acres of river gorge and woodland on this lovely circular walk from Lynmouth to Watersmeet in Exmoor.
The route starts in Lynmouth and takes you along the East Lyn River, passing waterfalls and Horner's Neck Wood before visiting the pretty coastal village of Lynmouth. You can also visit Foreland Point and Countisbury where you will find some of the highest sea cliffs in England with stunning coastal views. There is an abundance of wildlife to look out for including otters, red deer and buzzards.
At the end of your walk you could treat yourself to a cream tea in the delightful riverside tea garden at Watersmeet House which dates back to 1832. The house sits in a wonderful spot at the confluence of theEast Lyn RiverandHoar Oak Water.
To extend your walk head north and visit Foreland Point. Here you will find the Foreland Lighthouse and wonderful views across the Bristol Channel to the Welsh coast.
The Samaritans Way South West passes right through the area. You could pick up the long distance trail and head east, along the East Lynn River to the Doone Valley. Here you can try our lovely Lorna Doone Walk which visits some of the sites connected to Richard Dodderidge Blackmore's 1869 novel 'Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor'.

Watersmeet OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Watersmeet Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Pubs/Cafes

There's a lovely National Trust tea room at Watersmeet where you can enjoy some refreshments after your walk. They include a large garden area where you can enjoy views of the water on a fine day.

Dog Walking

The riverside footpaths and woodland trails in the area are ideal for dog walking. It's best to keep them on leads around Watersmeet if you are near livestock.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Coleridge Way passes the site. The literary walk follows in the footsteps of the famous 18th century poet, visiting several of the sites which inspired his work.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Exmoor Walks page.

Photos

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Watersmeet. Confluence of East Lyn River (left) and Hoaroak Water. I believe that the bridges are designed to lift and be swept away in the event of a flood such as occurred in 1952.

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Looking downstream just after the two rivers have merged.

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Watersmeet House. Where the valleys of Hoar Oak Water and the East Lyn river come together sits Watersmeet House, a 19th-century fishing lodge, now a National Trust tea room. This photo sees people eating outside in the garden area on a beautiful day in spring 2009.

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Waterfall at Watersmeet. Near here you can see a pair oflime kilnsdating from the late 18th or early 19th century. There is also substantial ancient oak woodland to explore.

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Lynmouth view

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Above Myrtleberry Cleave. Lynton and Lynmouth Footpath 13 descends a bracken-covered ridge projecting into the East Lyn valley between the cleave on the left, and Watersmeet on the right. On the far side of the valley are Horner's Neck Wood, with South Hill Common above, and Chisel Combe to the left

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Approaching Trilly Ridge. Footpath 17 approaches gorse bushes just before crossing into the National Trust access land around the East Lyn valley, ahead. The path follows Trilly Ridge, crossing intoSS7448, before plunging down towards Watersmeet.

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View from Chisel Combe

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Watersmeet.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Watersmeet.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)