All through this part of north Devon the countryside, the moors and coast the views are just stunning. We drove over the hills and moors from Lynmouth, through the valley and Watersmeet (we didn't stop here but if you have time and are able to walk up from Lynmouth it must be worth the effort). We parked in Malmsmead near the bridge, and 'Lorna Doone Farm' gift shop!! I was surprised at having to pay 50p each to enter the field to walk by the river - it's an honesty box but everyone paid. I hope the money is used to preserve the land. The walk even in our cold Easter this year was stunning and lovely. The river babbled away, the trees were trying to blossom, and the sun was shining. The path is grass and clearly marked. It undulates slightly and crosses a few brooks but nothing difficult. We only walked a couple of miles but you could go further. Well worth it.
We had a cup of tea at the Cafe Deli in Malmsmead, which is trying to be something it isn't. It's a cross between a contemporary cafe, but is really a walker's haunt, or a day trippers stop. Drinks were expensive (but you are miles from anywhere and captive!) but the selection of cakes was good, as was the cafe menu including breakfasts, burgers, fish, and sandwiches. Trade was brisk and if you're in the area it's worth the visit. But make sure the owner's children remember what you've ordered before they go around every table trying to find you!!!
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