Devon is home to one of the most stunning, diverse scenery in the UK. With an abundance of rolling valleys, quaint towns and villages and a beautiful coastline, it’s no wonder the county attracts visitors from far and wide to appreciate its superior natural setting. However, one of the best, most-underrated features in this part of the world is the impressive waterfalls. With all the stresses of modern life, there’s something undeniably therapeutic about the sound of water rushing through the air and onto the stones below, particularly when you have a luxurious glamping abode to head back to. Here at Quality Unearthed, we’ve decided to take a look at some of our favourite waterfalls to cross off your list next time you’re glamping in Devon.
Spekes Mill Mouth
Located in rural North Devon, Spekes Mill Mouth sits amidst a breath-takingly beautiful area of dramatic valleys and high cliffs, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d walked straight onto the set of a film. The spectacular waterfall descends 48 metres in three stages, from the edge of the cliff all the way down to the rocky beach below. This fabulous spot is part of the North Devon Biosphere, meaning there is no shortage of pretty flower and fauna. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife in the area, particularly birds such as buzzards, peregrine falcons and wagtails. There are various public footpaths around this area, making it a fantastic stop-off point for a picnic lunch for those who want to explore more of this gorgeous region.
On the edge of Exmoor sits Watersmeet, one of the largest, prettiest remaining ancient woodlands in the south west region. The name refers to the East Lyn River meting Farley Water, and during periods of heavy rain there are plenty of waterfalls within the vicinity to look out for. Pick any of the many public footpaths and keep your eyes on the side of the towering cliffs to catch some cascading waters, and if you’re visiting during a particularly dry period then the river rapids is equally as impressive. The site is renowned for its bird breeding community, which features ravens, redstarts and all three woodpeckers. Time seems to stop in this secluded spot managed by the National Trust, and there’s also a fantastic café that serves a tasty cream tea – just remember to put your cream on first.
Settled amidst the stunning North Devon coastline, just two and a half miles west of Lynton and Lymouth, sits Woody Bay. Oak-wooded hillsides back large cliffs that lead onto a beautiful rocky beach. Once you’ve admired the views of the sea and had a poke around the various rockpools, you’ll notice a fast-flowing stream gushing down the hill side and onto the beach below. This gets all the more impressive with an increase in rain, so can be good to visit, well, all-year round considering the unpredictable nature of British summers! The beach is safe for swimming for those feeling brave, or failing that, it’s a great spot to sit back, relax and take in the awe-inspiring scenery that unfolds in front of you.
The Lydford Gorge
Just outside Okehampton, this stunning natural setting is home to the deepest river gorge in the south west, home to a waterfall that drops over 30m. There is an array of paths available to hike down the Whitelady waterfall, admiring and capturing it from every perspective, and it takes around an hour to complete the circular walk. The waterfall has an unmistakable magic about it, particularly when visited during misty or cold and frosty conditions. It is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest thanks to its remarkavle geology, flora and fauna.
Set amidst the wet and wild Dartmoor, Becky Falls lies within a landscape carved out during Earth’s last known Ice Age around 12,000 years ago. The waterfall is 70ft high and reaches a width of over 35ft at some points, reaching a peak where the Becka Brook runs between large granite boulders and down onto the Bovey valley below. As if the main falls were not impressive enough, there are a plethora of smaller, equally mesmerising falls scattered across the area, all of which can be discovered via the many public paths. The waterfall is entirely natural and truly a sight to behold whilst you’re in this beautiful corner of the world and is even more spectacular following heavy rainfall.
That concludes our list of just five of our favourite waterfalls in Devon – have you visited any others? Let us know your favourite waterfall in Devon via the comments on social media to help other glampers have a fantastic experience whilst staying in one of our abodes. Keep up to date with the latest glamping location and activity inspiration with our recent blogs, which include A Weekend in Devon and Coastal Towns and Villages in Devon.
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