Kayaking on the East Lyn

"Combining the Upper and Gorge sections of the East Lyn gives one of the best days on a river in the UK."

It's not just the quality of the whitewater that makes this river so special, it's the beautiful environment that this river flows through. Surrounded by ancient woodland, at times you could be forgiven for thinking that you had accidently boated in to Narnia!

If you would like to consider taking to the river in the East Lyn valley, please ensure you observe the conditions set out, in particular:

  • Does the webcam river level or riverside marker show green? If so you are welcome to canoe. If the marker shows red please do not attempt to canoe as you will be interfering with the various special interests on the river.
  • Ensure you have Third Party Liability Insurance (BCU membership provides cover)
  • Cars must not be driven onto private land or parked where they may cause annoyance - use public parking bays
  • Keep to the right of the river at Myrtleberry, and avoid the left bank
  • Give due regard to all wildlife, walkers and other users, and keep noise to a minimum
  • Care should be taken to avoid contact with shallow gravel beds with the underside of kayaks, paddles, and feet. This is particularly important when the fish are spawning during the winter months.

The East Lyn is one of the most difficult rivers to kayak in England, in places Grade 5, and should only be attempted by skilled and experienced paddlers. Kayakers are welcome from Watersmeet House to Lynmouth between October 1st and March 31st.


Watersmeet - Lynmouth
Season: 1st October to 31st March
Discipline: Whitewater
Difficulty: Expert
Grade: 4-5
Length: 1.5 km
Average Time: 2+ hrs
Brendon - Watersmeet
not allowed or supported at present



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