Watersmeet to Ash Bridge


By Mark Percy, CC BY-SA 2.0

This is a National Trust walking trail, a circular easy walk for all the family, including the dog. It should take between 45 minutes and one hour. You will see a dramatic river gorge, ancient woodlands, a tea garden and a shop in stunning surroundings.

From the car park, cross over the road and go down the steep path. At the bottom of the path you’ll arrive at Watersmeet where the East Lyn River and Hoar Oak Water meet. It is worth stopping for a while to look at the waterfalls as they are a wondrous sight. You will be able to hear the sound of the water cascading noisily over the rocks and boulders.

Once you have had a quick look around Watersmeet House, retrace your steps back over the first bridge. You then turn left upstream. The East Lyn river is on your left.

Keep a look out for a mine adit – A horizontal passage leading into a mine for the purposes of access or drainage.  If you look carefully you will spot it on the rock face close to the bridge. This is one of the last remains from the mineral exploration work that was carried out in the area by local landowners.

You will come to a signpost – keep to the left signed ‘Rockford 1.5 miles’. At the fork in the track you will see a 3 way signpost named Barton Wood. Follow the footpath to Rockford to your left, down through Barton Wood towards the river. You will come to a beautiful beech wood. During spring this whole area is covered in bluebells.

When you reach Ash Bridge, cross the river and turn left at the signpost on the other side marked ‘Watersmeet‘. Walk downstream with the river on your left and remain on the path back to Watersmeet House. When you arrive back at Watersmeet House you will be then able to visit the lovely tea garden, and partake in a Devon cream tea. Alternatively, you might want to visit the gift shop and toilets.

Finally, after enjoying a well earned rest, cross both the bridges next to Watersmeet House, back past the waterfalls and return up the steep path to the car park.

I hope you throughly enjoy this walk, please let me know how you get on. Tell me what you think by posting your comments below. Why don’t you Share this with your friends and family by clicking the Facebook icon or follow us on Twitter?

Carole LangmanAbout the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.

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