Woody Bay, Exmoor, Barnstaple, North Devon

Best Spring Walks 2015

The Times have published their list of the best spring walks for 2015.

1. Lynmouth, Watersmeet and Countisbury, Devon
How hard is it? 5½ miles; a tough-ish walk with steps, slopes, climbs, clifftops.
Looking at picture-perfect Lynmouth today, you’d never guess that the north Devon coastal town was smashed to pieces with great loss of life by a flood in 1952. The culprit, the East Lyn River, winds gently through the woods from Watersmeet, a famed beauty spot. Return from Countisbury along the cliffs, with spectacular views.
Map: OS Explorer: OL9. Download NT walk at thetim.es/devonwalk2015
Start: Lynmouth public car park, Countisbury Hill, EX35 6ES (OS ref SS 724494)
The walk: Follow East Lyn River footpath east to Watersmeet; left/north (“Countisbury”) over South Hill Common to Countisbury; South West Coast Path back to Lynmouth
Eat en route: Tea Room, Watersmeet House, Watersmeet Road, Lynmouth (01598 753348, nationaltrust.org.uk/watersmeet)
Getting there: Bus: 300, Minehead-Lynmouth. Road: A39 signed Lynton/Lynmouth; turn off down B3234 to Lynmouth
More information: Lynton and Lynmouth TIC (0845 4583775 and 01598 752225)