Watersmeet: A Fantastic Nature Walk

We think Watersmeet is a fantastic location that’s well worth a visit. Whether you’re into birdwatching, wildlife spotting, or just want a woodland walk amongst some dramatic scenery, this is one not to be missed.

3/10/20223 min read

Nestled in the picturesque region of North Devon, Watersmeet is a stunning natural attraction that offers a truly magical experience for visitors. Set amidst lush greenery and enchanting rivers, Watersmeet is the perfect destination for those seeking a tranquil retreat during their self-catering holiday at Westbeach One in Woolacombe. As one of the top-rated holiday apartments in the area, Westbeach One provides the ideal base for exploring North Devon's captivating landscapes, charming villages, and pristine beaches.

In this blog post, we will take you on a journey to Watersmeet and share with you the highlights of this breathtaking destination.

Exploring Watersmeet

Located near the quaint village of Lynmouth, Watersmeet is a captivating woodland where the East Lyn River and Hoar Oak Water converge, forming a series of enchanting waterfalls and pools. The lush valley is a haven for nature lovers, offering a serene environment to unwind and reconnect with the great outdoors. As you walk along the numerous footpaths that meander through the wooded gorge, you'll be captivated by the sights and sounds of rushing water, rustling leaves, and melodious bird songs.

Guided Walks and Trails

One of the best ways to experience Watersmeet is by embarking on a guided walk, where knowledgeable National Trust rangers will share fascinating insights into the area's flora, fauna, and history. These tours happen on limited occasions through the year, usually in high season. Alternatively, you can explore the trails at your own pace by following one of the many self-guided routes available. Some of the most popular trails include the Two Moors Way, the Coleridge Way, and the South West Coast Path, each offering a unique perspective of Watersmeet's breathtaking landscapes.

Watersmeet House and Tea Garden

A visit to Watersmeet would not be complete without stopping by the charming Watersmeet House. This former fishing lodge, now owned by the National Trust, serves as a delightful tearoom and information center. After a leisurely stroll through the enchanting woods, treat yourself to a delicious cream tea or a slice of homemade cake at the tearoom, while soaking in the picturesque views of the surrounding landscape.

Wildlife and Nature

Watersmeet is home to an abundance of wildlife, including deer, otters, and various bird species, such as dippers, grey wagtails, and kingfishers. As you explore the verdant valley, keep your eyes peeled for these fascinating creatures and immerse yourself in the rich biodiversity of this stunning destination. The area is also a haven for wildflowers, with vibrant displays of bluebells, wood anemones, and primroses adorning the forest floor during the spring and summer months.

Other Attractions Near Woolacombe

While Watersmeet is undoubtedly a must-visit destination during your stay at Westbeach One, there are plenty of other attractions nearby to explore as well. Here are some highlights you won't want to miss:

  • Woolacombe Beach: This award-winning, three-mile-long sandy beach is perfect for families, surfers, and beach lovers alike. With its golden sands and crystal-clear waters, it's no wonder Woolacombe Beach is consistently ranked among the best beaches in the UK.

  • Exmoor National Park: Boasting breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and picturesque villages, Exmoor National Park offers a wide range of outdoor activities, including hiking, horseback riding, and stargazing.

  • Ilfracombe: This vibrant seaside resort town is home to several attractions, such as the historic Ilfracombe Harbour, Damien Hirst's sculpture "Verity," and the unique Tunnels Beaches.

  • Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park: A fantastic family-friendly attraction, this park offers a unique blend of wildlife encounters, dinosaur exhibits, and fun-filled activities for all ages.

  • Arlington Court: This elegant Regency house, owned by the National Trust, boasts beautiful gardens, an impressive carriage museum, and a fascinating collection of treasures.

Wrapping up

A visit to Watersmeet is an unforgettable experience that perfectly complements a stay at Westbeach One Holiday Apartment in Woolacombe. The captivating woodland, enchanting rivers, and abundance of wildlife create a truly magical atmosphere, providing a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. With Westbeach One as your base, you can explore not only Watersmeet but also the many other attractions that North Devon has to offer. So, whether you're a nature lover, a history buff, or simply seeking a serene escape, a stay at Westbeach One in Woolacombe is sure to create lasting memories for you and your loved ones.