A stunning riverside walk through beautiful woodland culminating at the world famous Watersmeet Valley
Starting point: Miller's at the Tors
Circular Walk: Yes
A pleasant woodland walk with many opportunities to stop and rest - and even enjoy a well deserved Cream Tea at the National Trust Watersmeet tea shop.
This popular route can be started from the hotel, following upstream along the River Lyn. Once past Watersmeet, the more adventurous can climb up to Countisbury, where they will be rewarded spectacular views over the Lyn Valley.
Head down our zigzag woodland path and turn right along Tors Road, follow the river upstream along the tarmac path. You are following signs marked 'Watersmeet riverside walk'. After some time you will reach a another wooden bridge, cross this one and continue your walk along the right bank. Their are varying routes sutiable for all abilities of walkers.
Continue straight on through what is left of an old mineral water factory. The river will widen around Myrtleberry House. Cross the stone Chiselcombe Bridge and turn right to find Watersmeet - a 19th Century fishing lodge which is now a National Trust tea shop. Enjoy a cream tea by the spectacular waterfalls.
Easting: 274451, Northing: 148650
From Watersmeet to Countisbury
Return to Chislecombe Bridge and this time follow signs marked 'woodland walk'. This will take you down the right bank of the river and up a hill into the woods. Turn right at the end of a stone wall signed 'Countisbury'. You now have a steep climb up the centre of the valley, but fear not, there's a pub at the top!
Easting: 274543, Northing: 149661
At the top of the valley the route turns left, signed 'Lynmouth'. However, you may well wish to continue straight on to the hamlet of Countisbury, or for the really intrepid continue past Countisbury to the picturesque village of Brendon.
Things to see
Watersmeet is one of Britain's deepest river gorges, where the dramatic valleys of the East Lyn and Hoar Oak Water come crashing together. Waterfalls, deep pools and stunning views await you in this historic 2000 acre woodland