The walk up to watersmeet is another classic local walk. The route takes you up the dramatic East Lyn river gorge through ancient oak woodland to where the Hoar Oak Water meets it.
The 2 mile route starts in Lynmouth beside the large bridge and follows Tors Road before joining the foot path that winds along the banks of the river. The main path follows the river, but you can choose to take a detour through the forrest walk. Both paths take you to the Victorian hunting lodge at Watersmeet where the National Trust tea room provides refreshments on a spacious lawn.
Hollerday Hill stands above Lynton and has numersous paths to explore through a mixture of woodland and dramatic valley views. There are also some historic sites to investigate on the route.
Take the lane to the right of the town hall. This goes into a cutting through solid rock that was dug out to allow access to Hollerday House at the end of the 19th century. Follow this road round to the left as it goes around a hairpin bend and continue up until you reach a signpost pointing up to the site of Hollerday House. This path goes off to the right and leads you up to where the foundations of Hollerday house can be seen amongst the vegitation.
There is then a path that takes you up to the old tennis courts behind where the house stood and at the corner a set of stops take you up towards the top of hollerday Hill. the path leads through a gate at the edge of the woodland and into an open area where a bronze age site is located.
From there a zig-zag path leads down onto the floor of the valley beside a small building at Poets Corner. A right turn takes you along a tarmac path onto the coastal Path with views over the Bristol Channel. this path leads onto North Walk which brings you back into Lynton.
The walk along the floor of the Valley of Rocks is dramatic, but a complimentray walk over Southcliff gives a different view of the valley.
The route begins by walking up Lee Road and following the road sign that points towards Barnstaple. At the the bottom of Station Hill there is a tight bend with a lane leading off. Take this lane and walk up the steep slope. Around the bend in the lane is a path off to the right that leads into woodland. Take this path and follow it along the top of the valley where there are numerous places to stop to admire the dramatic views.
The path then descends towards Lee Bay and joins the main road back towards Lynton. Look out for the sign on the way back pointing towards the White Lady in Castle Rock. At the roundabout you also have the choice to take the path down to wringcliff Bay.
From the roundabout the road leads back to Lynton.
This walk takes you along the top of the East lyn river gorge with views down to the river and back towards Lynton. There are some steep slopes to negotiate on this route so good walking shoes are recommended for this walk.
The route begins by taking you out of Lynton up Sanai Hill, then turn left onto Lynway and across the B3234. Cross the stone bridge and take the path leading to the left. This takes you up to Summerhouse Hill where you will find one of the few locations where both Lynton and Lynmouth are vissible at the same time. The path then leads up river following the top of the gorge with more spectacular views, including a worthwhile short detour to Oxen Tor.
At Myrtleberry Wood, you will find an iron age enclosure, then the path descends to Watersmeet. You can then take the riverside path back downstream to Lynmouth.
The route through the Valley of Rocks is one of the esential walks of the area. The route is just over 2 miles in length and an ideal first walk when visiting the area or the perfect way to end a mid-summer day.
With the town hall on your right walk up Lee Road. The road continues right into the valley of rocks over a cattle grid and prsents a dramatic view down the dry valley towards Castle Rock.
Off to the right of Castle Rock is a tarmaced path. This leads you around the coast with views over the Bristol Channel towards South Wales.
The path leads onto North Walk which leads you back into Lynton beside the parish church. Turn right and follow the road back up to the town hall.