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Terrain:Very steep hill at the beginning then down hill and relatively level back along the banks of the river Lyn.
Refreshment:- The Rising Sun hotel and Village Inn pub at Lynmouth.
Map:- Explorer OL 9

View over Lynmouth

View over Watersmeet

View over Watersmeet

River Lyn

  Lynmouth to Hillsford Bridge Walk - Approx 7.5 miles

The Route: Start the walk at Lyn Dale Cross car park in Lynmouth. Cross the road towards Shelleys Hotel and turn left. After a few yards turn right and follow a path up the hill behind the houses sign posted Summerhouse Hill. The path shortly becomes a track. Follow the signposts to Hillsford Bridge climbing steeply up the hill through the trees. The woodland eventually thins unveiling spectacular views over the Bristol Channel and back towards Lynmouth. Keep following the path upwards finally reaching a junction of paths at the top of the hill. Here bear left following the signs to Watersmeet. Shortly after there’s a seat for you to rest for a while and admire the spectacular views.

Keep following the footpath signposted to Hillsford Bridge with views over the Lyn Valley to your left. After a while the path zigzags down into a small valley to cross a stream ascending the other side to a small gate. Shortly afterwards the path divides, to the left Watersmeet, but keep to the top path to the right towards Hillsford Bridge. The route continues eventually reaching a main road.

Turn left following the main road down the hill for a short distance before crossing over to Hillsford Bridge signposted towards Simonsbath. Immediately after crossing the bridge turn left through a field gate signposted to Rockford.

Follow the path along the banks of the Lyn to Watersmeet where you can stop for a cup of tea at the National Trust café. Then continue on downstream keeping to the right bank of the river towards Lynmouth crossing to the other side after a little way via the new stone bridge rebuilt in 1957, the original being washed away in the great flood of 1952. Keep right after crossing the bridge to the path that runs alongside the river. Keep to the river bank avoiding the temptation to cross the first little wooden bridge. Keep to the path signposted Lynmouth finally crossing the Lyn via a second bridge called Blackpool Bridge .

Continue along the righthand side of the river bank avoiding crossing the next bridge towards Lynmouth and finally crossing back to the other side again to the car park via a white footbridge.



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