Bringing hydro electricity to Watersmeet


Hoaroak hydro project proposal

As a conservation charity we’re committed to ending reliance on fossil fuels and using appropriate renewable technology responsibly. We firmly believe that the use of renewable energy is a vital step towards combatting climate change and we are seeking to incorporate sustainable energy generation at suitable sites across the country.

We are currently exploring the opportunity to install a small-scale hydroelectric scheme on the Hoaroak catchment of the East Lyn rive that runs close to Watersmeet House.

This small-scale run of river hydro project will be up to 250kW and provide approximately 800MWh of energy per year which will supply Watersmeet house.

Given the nature of this project, we are keen to understand local views and work closely with the community to ensure that we deliver a scheme with minimal disruption and maximum opportunity to provide local and environmental benefits.

What are we seeking to do?

The project proposals include:

  • Installing an intake structure (which will look like a small weir) within Combe Park, near Hillsford Bridge car-park , upstream of the confluence of Farley Water, on Hoaroak. This will capture a proportion of the water flowing down the river at this point.
  • Install a buried pipeline down to Watersmeet House along the existing bridleway through the woodland. This will carry the captured water downhill ready to generate electricity.
  • Install a small powerhouse building, which will house a turbine, generator and associated electrical infrastructure behind existing buildings at Watersmeet House. This building will be designed to blend in with existing buildings.
  • Install a water outflow into the East Lyn at Watersmeet House to return all of the abstracted water to the river.

Public Consultation

Come along to our consultation event to find out more about the proposals and meet the project team.

Venue: Lynmouth National Park Centre, The Pavilion, The Esplanade, Lynmouth, EX35 6EQ

Date: 18th October 2018

Time: 3pm to 7pm

If you are unable to attend, you will be able to download any materials shown on the day from this website. You can also get in touch with us at if you have any specific queries or comments.