A winding, ridge walk atop Summerhouse Hill to Watersmeet.
This is a stunning walk, with breathtaking valley views and riverside ramble.
Approx: 3-4hrs | 9km
This is a perfect way to get to Watersmeet, avoiding much of the tourist foot traffic. Walk to the Cottage Inn in Lynbridge, through their car park and cross the bridge over the West Lyn River. Continue walking to the left and follow the wooded walk. Walk up the hillside with the river now to your right. At the top, continue walking around the headland. Follow the stone wall until the path divides.
The path divides at the top of the hill. Instead of turning left for Lynmouth, continue walking along the stone wall and follow the signs for Watersmeet. Take the path through the site of the Iron Age fort at Myrtleberry North then descend to Watersmeet.
You could continue onwards to Hillsford Bridge, past the Iron Age fort site at Myrtleberry South, then follow the river back to Watersmeet, this makes your walk approx. 30-40 mins longer.
Watersmeet is a National Trust location, complete with a gorgeous tea room and gardens. Read more about this stunning location here.
At Watersmeet, you could really extend your walk via Rockford, Wilsham or even Brendon. This path makes up part of the Samaritans Way South West, and at 103 miles long … this is not an afternoon stroll.
From Watersmeet, the whole return journey to Lynmouth can be made along the riverbank. The return journey takes you past the site of the old Lynrock Mineral Factory washed away by the great flood.