Watersmeet Valley and its Fascinating Past


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The two Iron Age hill forts on Myrtleberry Cleave near Watersmeet are regularly cut to protect them from encroaching bracken and gorse, one of the very best places to see the work being done is from the other side of the Watersmeet Valley on the large hill fort at Countisbury called Wind Hill.

The Watersmeet Valley has a wealth of archaeological interest, three Iron Age hill forts, ancient barrows at Countisbury, a medieval farmstead on Trilly Ridge, a lime kiln near Watersmeet, several old mine adits, including the cave opposite the tea garden, and the remains of a late Victorian hydro scheme. If you fancy a day exploring Exmoor’s past you would not be disappointed with the area around Watersmeet. All of these sites, many of which are Scheduled Ancient Monuments, are accessible by foot from Lynmouth, Combe Park, Countisbury and Watersmeet.

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