Dog-friendly Watersmeet

Near the north coast of the Exmoor National Park in Devon, you can find Watersmeet. Watersmeet House, now owned and managed by the National Trust. It is a tea room and information centre that sits in a deep forge where the East Lyn River and Hour Oak Water meet – ‘waters meet’. It is surrounded by gorgeous dog-friendly walks that are great for all the family. The National Trust describe it as “Dramatic river gorge and ancient woodland in stunning surroundings“.

We walked to Watersmeet from the Brendon Village Hall. You walk through a gate, across a bridge over a little river and then follow the path towards a farm. You walk through the farm, keeping to the assigned path (keep your dog on the lead), and then into the woods. Follow the path all the way to Watersmeet house to see the gorgeous waterfall and have a cup of tea or coffee. When you’re ready, walk up a small hill and back along the other side of the rive. There is a small amount of road walking but the road is a quiet country lane. There are some steeper and narrower parts, but on the whole it’s a very easy walk – approximately 5 miles. This post has the route mapped.

This is a great walk to include in a visit to Exmoor National Park, Porlock, Dunster, or any of the other local towns. You will need a car to get access, unless you’re staying close and able to walk to the coast. After your walk you could head into Lynton and/or Lynmouth for great food.

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