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)