Turning water into Ginger Beer!
The National Trust land at Watersmeet on Exmoor provides a 2,000 acre walker’s paradise with wonderful flora and fauna, crystal clear streams and even a guest appearance by Herbert the Heron if you are lucky. Watersmeet is one of Britain’s deepest gorges sided by lush green Valleys where the East Lyn River meets Hoar Oak Water. Information on the old mineral water factory where ginger beer was made and bottled can be found along the path – including an example of an old bottle embedded in the wall (see photo). The Lynrock Mineral Water Factory opened in 1911 and in addition to bottling mineral water, made ginger beer until 1939 when it closed owing to lack of demand. Most of the abandoned factory was washed away during the 1952 flood, although the fireplace and mantelpiece are still visible just downstream. A little way upstream are the remains of the intake and leat for the water that was used to power the machinery. There are many lovely walks and places of interest nearby including the tiny Church at Oare made famous in Blackmore’s novel Lorna Doone. Lots of activities can be enjoyed on Exmoor too such as safari trips to spot the famous Red Deer, horse riding, fishing and great watersports.