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“Lovely walk from Lynmouth”
Review of Watersmeet House

Watersmeet House
Ranked #3 of 7 things to do in Lynmouth
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Owner description: Where the lush valleys of Hoar Oak Water and the East Lyn river tumble together sits Watersmeet House, a 19th-century fishing lodge, now a National Trust shop, tea room and information point. Watersmeet House was built in 1832 as a fishing lodge by the Reverend W.S.Halliday, the son of a rich businessman. The stone for the house was quarried at Watersmeet, above the East Lyn River. Sitting in a beautiful wooded river valley, Watersmeet and its surrounds are a fantastic place to walk, and enjoy the abundant wildlife and nature of this part of Exmoor. Please visit the National Trust Website for more information on opening times and the history and wildlife of Watersmeet and the surrounding countryside. Visit the "Things to Do" page to download a great walk to see the best the area has to offer.
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“Lovely walk from Lynmouth”
Reviewed 3 November 2007

Just follow the East Lyn river up from Lynmouth.
After a lovely 45 minute amble we arrived at Watersmeet, a former fishing lodge now run by the National Trust as a shop and tearooms.
A lovely way to spend a couple of hours.

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“Wonderful Watersmeet”
Reviewed 15 May 2007

Watersmeet is inland from Lynmouth in the picturesque East Lyn valley
where the East Lyn river and Hoar Oak Water meet.

The walk to Watersmeet from Lynmouth is beautiful, just follow the East Lyn river and amble along for about 40 minutes.

The scenery is lovely and you are rewarded with refreshments at the former riverside fishing lodge set in the deep valley, now used as a National Trust shop and tearooms.

Apparently Watersmeet House is one of England's most long-established
tea gardens and the focal point for some 40 miles of walks. The National Trust has owned this area since the mid 1930's.

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“Stunning walk, a must when visiting the area”
Reviewed 4 November 2006

The walk to Watersmeet is an ideal gentle walk, and very well worth it. From Lynmouth follow just the path down by the East Lyn River, it is a relatively flat walk along the river bank all of the way and takes about 45 minutes to one hour.

This walk is just absolutely stunning!
No wonder visitors in the early 1800's called the area "Little Switzerland"! - It is a must when visiting the area.

You will pass both the site of former Victorian hydro electric station and labourers cottages at Middleham Gardens that were washed away in the great flood of 1952.

Further along you walk through a breathtakingly beautiful gorge and pass by the former site of a small mineral water works until eventually you reach where the East Lyn River is met by the Hoar Oak Water, hence watersmeet and Watersmeet House stands at the bottom of a deep gorge at the confluence of these rivers.

It was built by the Halliday Family in 1832, their family crest is above the entrance, the site has been a tea garden since 1901
which makes it one of England's most long-established tea gardens and was bought by the National Trust in 1996.

We enjoyed a light lunch and browsed around the National Trust shop, visited the small waterfall nearby and kicked off our shoes and lay in the sun on the river bank before strolling back to Lynmouth.

If you are looking for more walking/hiking/orienteering Watersmeet House is the focal point for several beautiful walks, it is the starting-off point for some 40 miles/65 km of woodland, riverside and seaside walks.

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