Watersmeet rates very highly in my mental list of places that are good for bears and their humans to spend time. It is good just to sit and watch the river gurgle down the valley.In some places the river Lyn gets quite frothy as it tumbles over rocks. I didn’t sit too close as I really don’t like getting soggy fur.I am quite an adventurous bear though, so when I spotted this log across the river proceeded to clamber to the middle of the river.My humans were getting a tad concerned that I might fall in but I felt quite safe and sat for a while.We followed the river for a couple of miles down to a place called Lynmouth where the river flows into the sea.Here is a selfie of me sitting on the bridge.I was very interested in the boats that were in the harbour. I like to read the names; one day I might find a boat named after me!There is a very interesting railway at Lynmouth that takes people to Lynton which is at the top of the cliff. The railway is powered by water, and when one engine goes up the one at the top comes down at exactly the same time. I would have liked to have a ride, but there wasn’t time as we had to walk 2 miles back up the valley again and get to the tearoom before closing time for cake. I like cake.We walked back up the valley to Watersmeet on the other side of the river. I had to stop and admire the lovely view.I was very pleased when I finally spotted the tea room, and extremely happy that it was still open.We had to cross on a wooden bridge over a big waterfall to reach the cafe. Here I am sitting on the railings, though a human was holding my legs to make sure I didn’t tumble over the edge.Yum yum yum chocolate brownie and a pot of tea.After filling my tum I had a look at the signs hanging on the front of the tearoom.The lovely old building needs a new roof and the National Trust are fundraising by getting bears (and people) to sponsor slates for the roof.I decided to sponsor a slate. My name will forever be up in the roof of the Watersmeet Tearoom, or at least until it needs another new roof (quite a long time I would think).By the time I had finished writing my slate (I can only write slowly with my paws) the tearoom had closed. I posed with my slate on the steps.I think perhaps I should have written ‘Watersmeet is a good place for bears’, but there wasn’t much time, and I am not sure that there was room for another word on the bottom line.On the way back up to the car park right at the top of the hill, I stopped for a while and watched another waterfall.Watersmeet is indeed a beautiful place. I hope to go again oneday.
Horace the Alresford Bear 15/9/16
For more information about Watersmeet see https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/watersmeet
Lynton/Lynmouth Cliff railway see http://www.cliffrailwaylynton.co.uk