GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Dunkery Beacon

5 miles (7.5 km)

This walk climbs to Dunkery Beacon on Dunkery Hill, the highest point inExmoorand Somerset. From the 1,705 feet (520m) summit there are fabulous views over Exmoor, theBrecon Beacons,Bodmin Moor,Dartmoor, theSevern Bridgesand theBristol and English Channels.
The walk starts at the Dunkery Hill car park taking you up the hill to the beacon before heading into the delightful Dunkery and Horner Wood National Nature Reserve. The reserve covers 4000 acres/1604 hectares and is owned and managed by the National Trust. It consists of upland heath and woodland with a variety of wildlife includingpied flycatcher, wood warbler, lesser spotted woodpecker, redstart and dipper. It also supports 14 of the 16 UK bat species, including barbastelle and Bechstein bats. You should also see several Exmoor Ponies and Exmoor's Iconic Red Deer.
If you would like to continue your walk you could head to the nearby Selworthy Beacon in the Holnicote Estate. Here you can enjoy more fabulous views of the Exmoor coast.
The long distance Coleridge Way also passes close to the hill. You could pick this up and head north to the coast and visit Porlock and Porlock Weir.

Dunkery Beacon OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Dunkery Beacon Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

The beacon is not far from the popular Tarr Steps where you will find the wonderful Tarr Steps Farm. The 16th-century riverside inn is located in Dulverton at postcode TA22 9PY. There's outdoor seating with lovely views and a great menu.

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