GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Dunkery Beacon Walk

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. At the hill summit there's a handy toposcope where you can see all of the landmarks that are visible.
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 Postcode

TA24 7AT - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

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

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

Dunkery Beacon Pubs/Cafes

About a mile or so south east of the car park you'll find the little village of Wheddon Cross. Here you can enjoy refreshments at the splendidly named Rest and Be Thankful Inn. The 19th century coaching inn has an interesting history having originally been a staging post for travellers on their way between Dunster and Dulverton about 200 years ago. The bar area has a traditional country pub atmosphere, with log fires in winter and a good menu. There is a skittle alley and a pool table here too. You can find the inn at a postcode of TA24 7DR for your sat navs. The pub is nicely positioned in the Snowdrop Valley with tours and walks to the valley accessible from the bus leaving right from the door.They also provide good quality accommodation if you need to stay over.
The beacon is also 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 here.

Dunkery Beacon Dog Walking

Fit dogs will love the climb to the beacon. There's also some nice woodland trails south of the hill top which are perfect for exploring with your four legged friend. The Rest and Be Thankful Inn mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Head south from the beacon to Dunkery Bridge and there's some nice footpaths along the River Avil to try. They head east through Mansley Combe, Blagdon Wood and Little Quarne Wood towards Cutcombe and Wheddon Cross.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Toposcope on Dunkery Beacon (geograph 2611079)

Toposcope on Dunkery Beacon.

Dunkery Beacon - geograph.org.uk - 237582

Cairn erected to commemorate the handing over of Dunkery Hill to the National Trust.

Cutcombe, nearing Dunkery Beacon - geograph.org.uk - 519961

Cutcombe: walkers nearing Dunkery Beacon on the bridleway from Dunkery Gate, a climb of 100m or so. Looking north-north-west

Ponies, Dunkery Beacon - geograph.org.uk - 1283136

Ponies on the Beacon. A pair of ponies graze close to the summit

Path junction near Dunkery Beacon - geograph.org.uk - 1283220

Path junction near the beacon. A path across Goosemoor Common diverges from a larger path which connects Dunkery Beacon to the Rowbarrows.

Ponies near Dunkery Beacon - geograph.org.uk - 1283116

Beautiful view of the path, the ponies and the Exmoor hills in the background

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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