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    413 m
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    7.7 km
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    East Lyn River Loop Trail

    East Lyn River Loop Trail

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    The East Lyn River Loop Trail is a beautifully scenic - if challenging at times - walking route that will lead you through a forested gorge in Exmoor National Park. While out walking the trail, you will make your way along the forested banks of the East Lyn River and take in the beautiful scenery of the area, including the charming site of Watersmeet. There are some steep sections of trail here, but they are well worth the effort.

    Route Description for East Lyn River Loop Trail

    Walking the East Lyn River Loop Trail is a wonderful excursion that is popular with visitors to the Lynton/Lynmouth area and want to explore the beautifully scenic gorge and surrounding landscape. Setting out from the trailhead, you will head to the southeast along the winding banks of the river, crossing over to the opposite side to meander through the serene forest that characterizes the terrain here. Continue on until you arrive at the picturesque location of Watersmeet, where you will find an historic tea house to stop for refreshments. From here, you will climb up the hillside and make your way to the northwest above the gorge before descending through the forest on the return to the trailhead.

    Getting to the East Lyn River Loop Trail Trailhead

    To get to the trailhead for the East Lyn River Loop Trail from the primary school in Lynton, drive southeast on Castle Hill for 0.3 km and turn left onto Lynmouth Hill, following it for 0.5 km before turning left onto Countisbury Hill/A39. After 34 m, turn left on Riverside Road, where you will find roadside parking.

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      Yes - On Leash

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      Older Children only

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