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“Riverside walks”
Review of Watersmeet House

Watersmeet House
Ranked #3 of 7 things to do in Lynmouth
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Barnsley, United Kingdom
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211 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Riverside walks”
Reviewed 23 August 2014

To get to Watersmeet you can either park in the small parking area on the roadside and just walk down the path, although there is a steep climb back up, or you can park in Lynmouth and walk up the side of the river. We do this every year when visiting Devon. It is a pleasant walk, passing the memorial gardens where the houses in Middleham stood before the terrible flood of 1952, and the passing the site of the Lynrock mineral water factory. It is hard to believe so many buildings once stood by the side of the river, washed away by a great force of water, when you see how it is on a summer's day, with pools of calm water perfect for paddling. Once you arrive at Watersmeet House, there is tasty food to eat in the garden, while watching all the birds. Some even venture onto your table. We always share a ploughman's lunch - plenty for two, before we set off back downstream to Lynmouth. There are also several other walks you can take if you feel energetic, upstream to Rockford or up to the church at Contisbury.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Christine K
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London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Pleasant walk along the river”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

Lots of walks around here. Start at Watersmeet or finish here or start in Lynmouth and do a circular walk

Visited August 2014
1 Thank RonandMin
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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“A must to visit”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

What a superb place to visit! To sit outside the house sipping our lovely coffee was such a treat with all the chaffinches, robins and tits flying around us. Idilyc!

Visited August 2014
Thank sarahys
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Lovely setting”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

Beautiful setting where the 2 rivers meet. Can walk or drive there from Lynmouth and good place to start walks from. Good refreshments.

Visited August 2014
1 Thank Della H
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Essex, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Stunning location, quaint and gorgeous.”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

A N.T. property in the valley, on the confluence of 2 rivers, the building has been renovated to typical N.T. standards. The food is mostly homemade and the service is typically friendly and efficient. Sit outside watching the Wagtails, Kingfishers and Dippers - and if your lucky, watch the Salmon fighting their way upstream.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Vince B
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