National Trust – Watersmeet

There are more outdoor activities you can do in Bideford and you may start hiking in Watersmeet. This is a good place to relax and keep your mind away from work.

National Trust – Watersmeet

National Trust’s Watersmeet is a grade II listed building nestled into the heart of Exmoor National Park in North Devon

Originally built in 1804 as the hunting lodge for Lynton and Lynmouth, the estate in now owned and managed by the National Trust

The majestic structure, encircling its own beautiful woodlands, is set right next to a dramatic gorge created as the EastLyn River and HoarOak Stream collide

Visitors to Watersmeet can enjoy a stroll through the ancient woodlands and explore self-guided trails along the boulder-lined riverbank, while taking in spectacular views of both valleys

The early 19th century chapel on site houses ancient Sedum varieties within its walls, while the old water-powered Millpond remains the site’s key feature, allowing easy access to stunning wildlife watching opportunities of kingfishers and otters fishing in their natural environment

The house’s gardens are full of interesting flowers and plants, many of which are endemic to the area and have been lovingly tendered by generations of gardeners

Nature lovers and romantics alike will find something to enjoy at Watersmeet, making it a worthwhile day trip from nearby towns like Minehead and Ilfracombe


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National Trust – Watersmeet Reviews

Park and wildlife area with a river gorge, waterfalls and ancient woodland, plus a cafe/restaurant.

Below are the latest reviews of National Trust – Watersmeet.

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Opening Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed
Saturday: 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday: 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Address: Watersmeet House, Watersmeet Rd, Lynmouth EX35 6NT, UK

Price Level: 2

Richard Burgess avatarRichard Burgess
6 months ago
Once we had parked and found the entrance it was easy to find a national trust map board and choose a route down the river and through the woods. Expect to be walking up and down quite a lot on rough paths. We walked all the way to Lynmouth harbour and back following the river. Would definitely recommend this for walkers and family's. The cafe was just in the best spot.
Rebecca Boyle avatarRebecca Boyle
6 months ago
The most beautiful walk. It can be challenging in parts but on the whole an easy walk to the tea rooms. We then walked back to Lynmouth. Just took us over 2 hours. Highly recommend
KoalaChloX avatarKoalaChloX
5 months ago
Breathtakingly beautiful walk and the house is stunning with the sound of the river running not too far away! Lovely food and a good offering for such a tiny cafe. Lots of seating outside but none inside at present Reduced to 4 stars as the set up is a bit ridiculous and took ages to get our order done. Also prices are so inflated beyond what is reasonable.
Sam P avatarSam P
8 months ago
Absolutely stunning place to stop. Car park was £1.30 for an hour. The walk down is quite steep, there are a couple of walks you can do that start from the cafe. The cafe is national trust and served food and drink. Dog friendly. Birdwatching was fun too!
Jay Brown avatarJay Brown
6 months ago
Amazing walk around the slopes and waterfalls, good facilities and tea rooms. Quite steep in places so be careful! We walked arohnd in the late evening so torches are a must. The fort is very eerie in the dark!
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The address for National Trust – Watersmeet we have is: Watersmeet House, Watersmeet Rd, Lynmouth EX35 6NT, UK. Use the map below for a closer view. Do check with your host for a definite location.

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