Probably one of the best walks in Exmoor – loved by locals and visitors alike.
We think this is an essential walking experience when staying in Lynton & Lynmouth. As walks go, it’s one of the easiest and loved by everyone, solo walkers, couples and families alike. It was even mentioned by Julia Bradbury as one of her favourite walks.
Starting in Lynmouth, this walk follows the energetic waters of the East Lyn River all the way to the Watersmeet confluence – the joining of the East Lyn and Hoar Oak waters. It’s quite the spectacle, and a wonderful place to be for a while or two.
Look out for the abundance of nature along the walk, butterflies, birds and fish love this place as much as we do.
On the way there, look out for the site of the old Lynrock Mineral Factory that once sat at the river’s edge. This was sadly washed away in the great flood, but you can still see glimpses of it here and there.
When you’ve finished your time at Watersmeet you can head back the way you came, or take the higher woodland path on the other side of the river. We love this wooded walk through Arnold’s Linhay, and from here you could walk to Countisbury Hill to really extend your day.
If you’re walking back along the wooded path then look out for the money tree! It’s loaded with coins from visitors of yesterday and yesteryear.
Things to know …
- Approx. 2-3 hours / 8km
- One of the deepest wooded gorges in England
- Moderately easy, not flat underfoot
- A few moderately steep areas, and some steps
- National Trust Tearoom, Toilets and Gift Shop
- Pay & Display Car Park just a few minutes walk from Watersmeet Tearooms
- The beginning of many other short and long walks.
Things we love …
- Any walk with tea and cake at the end, or midway!
- The East Lyn River is wild and fascinating
- Catching glimpses of the storks fishing for their supper
- This is the start of many fantastic walks, extending the walk to Rockford adds a few more miles of glorious river walking, followed by a pub lunch at the Rockford Inn.