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: 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday: 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Address: Watersmeet House, Watersmeet Rd, Lynmouth EX35 6NT, UK

Price Level: 2

Show Auntie avatarShow Auntie
a week ago
Absolutely beautiful Hidden gem. 3 to 4 miles walk but definitely it's worth to walking the River side course. There is a pretty cafe in the middle of the course to have a relaxing break.
Susan Ackerman avatarSusan Ackerman
a week ago
Wonderful walk from Lynmouth along the river, a few steep steps/rough ground but mostly easy (it took a while but my 88 father made it) also parking above on the road. Lovely cream tea with teapot and nice cups. Pretty garden to sit in.
Cam Maynard avatarCam Maynard
2 weeks ago
It was a tough to go down to the cafe, because obviously I've had a stroke. But getting down there was beautiful the waterfall and all that kind of stuff. Then having the cream tea it was really nice but expensive Then walking up was a little bit better for me …because so yeah it's nice peaceful place.
Steve Kelcey avatarSteve Kelcey
2 months ago
I love this place, the walk up from Lynmouth is simply stunning. It's National Trust, so the cream teas aren't the cheapest, but worth it just to sit in the garden.
Bob Finnegan avatarBob Finnegan
a month ago
The National Trust house at Watersmeet is the natural destination for all those walking around Lynmouth, Contisbury and Rockford. The cafe is delightful and the drinks and food a welcome treat. I have been visiting Waters meet via the various footpaths for over 25 years and the location never disappoints. Enjoy the experience.
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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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