River East Lyn

River East Lyn

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River Licensing Information

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No licence required

Grade: Ranges from 3 – 5

The River East Lyn section from Malmsmean to Brendon is Grade 3.

The sections from Brendon to Watersmeet and Watersmeet to the sea is Grade 4 – 5. 

The River East Lyn is a popular paddling spot for white water paddlers running through Exmoor National Park and National Trust land.

It rises in Somerset and flows through the Devonshire countryside before reaching the Bristol Channel at Lynmouth.

The best time to paddle the river is during the winter months when water levels are more consistent.

The river is narrow in places. It is recommended that paddlers avoid making a decent of the East Lyn during the main fishing season. This is between 1st Apr – 30th Sept.

Paddling the River East Lyn during the summer period will lead to environmental disturbance. This is because of low water level. Therefore, the best time to paddle the river is between 1 October and 31 March.

White water on the River East Lyn

The river is a popular spot for white water paddlers and those looking for some high water in winter time. Parts of the river are consistent grade 4 with some grade 5 drops in parts.

However, some parts reach as high as grade 6 after severe rainfall. If you are planning on paddling this section, ensure you check the run you are about to go on for any hazards.

Fallen trees are common in this area, and you should always check the river levels against the skill and experience level of yourself and the group.

Please be responsible and consider the right time to paddle carefully to avoid undue disturbance to the environment or other users.