Hey Guys! Yesterday I travelled down to ‘Watersmeet‘ the National Trust site located in ‘Lynmouth‘. It is around a 2 hour drive from where I live in the South West. The car park where I usually park is run by the council. The postcode for this is ‘EX35 6EP’.
Brief Description of Watermeet
** Difficulty: Moderate
** Distance: 7.98 Kilometres
** Duration: 2 Hours
There is a great cafe in this car park called ‘Lyndale Tea Rooms‘. This was closed yesterday because of COVID-19. You will see this on the left side before driving into the car park.
Once I had parked the car I took the path to the right of me towards the bridge, not the seafront, which led me to the beginning of the walk. I walked over the bridge to the left and past holiday homes on the left side with the river on the right side.
A little way down this path I came to a wooden bridge. This is new, the last time I came they were raising money for a new bridge in Feb 2020. On the left, there was an information board for Watersmeet, along with the National Trust sign for it.
The footpaths are well signposted at all times! There a few different walks which you are able to choose from. All the walks are very scenic! It can be slightly tough if you are not used to walking as there are places which can be fairly steep to walk up but you can go at your own pace 😀.
When I got to the second sign I chose to take the path which was signposted ‘River Walk.
I continued along this path with the river to my right. After a little while, I came upon a bridge named ‘Blackpool Bridge’. I crossed over this bridge which then meant the river was on the left side.
Along this path, there are the remains of the ‘Lynrock Mineral Waters Factory’ which opened in 1911. During the flood in 1952, a large amount of the factory was washed away, although, there are still remains left here today.
Next to the remains, there are a few wooden steps ahead of where the path continued with a bridge to the left.
The path continues around the back of a private property which you are able to rent out all year round.
Once I carried on walking along the path I came to another bridge to the left which is the meeting place of the East Lyn River and Hoar Oak Water. It is a beautiful view from here!
Once you are here you are at the end of this walk until you turn back. I walked this route with my mum again, this is one of her favourite places to go walking as well 👍. Here there is a National Trust restaurant although this was closed today due to the COVID -19. They do good food here, hot and cold! 😁The snapshots I have taken show part of the building along with the toilets which are usually available. There is also a number of picnic benches outside on the grass area which you can usually sit and have lunch at.
On the way back we decided to take the path to the right side which leads along the river which is on the left. This path is called ‘The Woodland Walk’. There is a couple of nice spots which have benches to sit down and have lunch which is what we did! This path can be quite steep in places just like the Riverside Walk but is not too difficult.
Once back to the car we decided to go and check out the ‘Flood Memorial Hall’. This is a museum which shows the damage which was created to Lynmouth in the large flood of 1952. This occurred after a large downpour of rain fell in a short space of time.
After visiting the Flood Memorial Hall we walked alongside the seafront, we found another car park at the very end which is good to know in case the other car parks are full as well as the cliff railway which takes you up to Lynton.
The Valley Of Rocks
After visiting Lynmouth we decided to drive up to ‘Lynton‘ to visit the ‘Valley Of Rocks’, also known as ‘The Valley Of The Rocks’. This car park is also run by the council, therefore, you are able to use the same ticket in this car park as you did in the car park in Lynmouth. The Valley Of Rocks is a ‘U’ shaped dry valley which is parallel to the sea. It is well known for its wild goats which roam across the rock face! 😀. This place within Exmoor is part of the ‘South West Coastal Path‘ which I am planning to walk next year 👍.
Whilst walking here we saw lots of wild goats!
Travelling back we drove back along Porlock Hill which is the steepest A-road in the United Kingdom! A parallel toll road is available which travels the same route at an easier gradient.