The poets Robert Southey and Percy Bysshe Shelley were among the early visitors to Lynmouth, who praised the area calling it “England’s Little Switzerland”.
The deep and wooded valley (or ‘cleave’) is one of the largest remaining areas of semi-natural ancient woodland in the South West.
Look carefully when you reach Watersmeet and follow the river. You may see dippers on the stones or river bed.
When the path joins the Two Moors Way (look out for signposts with an MW symbol) you will climb to the top of a hill through some woodland. This is called Myrtleberry, an Iron Age settlement site.