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Selworthy and Bury Castle circular walk


This walk incorporates some of the finest views on Exmoor, with a steady climb from Selworthy village up to the highest point at Selworthy Beacon.

The view from Selworthy Beacon on the Holnicote Estate, Somerset
Enjoy the views from Selworthy Beacon National Trust Images / John Millar


Rouet map for Selworthy and Bury Castle circular walk
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Selworthy church car park, grid ref: SS919467


Leave Selworthy church car park via the entrance and follow the lane past the church. On reaching the war memorial, turn right up the hill towards the gate. Once through the gate, follow the path to the left and head down towards the stream. Cross the stream via the footbridge and go through the gate which is directly ahead.

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Take the path ahead, ignoring the steep route to Bury Castle on your right. After about 985ft (300m), take a right turn. The path climbs quite steeply in places.

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Where the track swings sharply to the left, head right up the small path, signed Bury Castle, and follow the narrow path to the left as it dog-legs up the hill. Head for the gate, keeping the stone bank on your left.

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Follow the path up the hill until it bears left around the spur of the hill. As you leave the trees, the earthworks of Bury Castle can be seen on the right. Take one of the grassy paths to explore.

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Return to the main path and continue through an area of bracken and gorse, keeping the woodland on your left. When you see a gate in the wall on your left, turn right (signed Selworthy Beacon) and follow the path straight up the hill.


At the fork in the path, bear right. At the next junction, bear left and head towards the tree line. Where the path forks on the edge of the Scot's pine plantation, turn right and head towards the memorial hut.


From the hut, head for the road and cross. Take the path which climbs steadily up towards Selworthy Beacon. After taking a look at the views from the top, take the path that you passed (on the left as you approached) just before reaching the beacon.

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Until you join the South West Coast Path, keep the fields on your right. Continue until you reach an open area (about half a mile), where there are fine views of the Exmoor coast on your left. Here, double back on yourself (ignoring the path straight ahead) and follow this path until you reach a large mound.


Beyond the mound, take the right fork which leads you back towards the road. On reaching the road, cross and follow the path that runs parallel to the road back to the wind and weather hut but, just before reaching the hut, bear left back towards the road.


Don't cross the road, but take the bridleway down Folly Combe (signed Selworthy). When you reach the main Selworthy Combe path, turn right and follow the path.


Go through the gate back to Selworthy village and return to the car park.


Selworthy church car park, grid ref: SS919467

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Selworthy and Bury Castle circular walk


A circular walk with no way markers and little signage. The route is steep and stony in places; stout footwear is advisable. No bins provided so please take your waste home. Dogs welcome.

Selworthy and Bury Castle circular walk

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Selworthy and Bury Castle circular walk

How to get here

Holnicote Estate, Somerset
By road

Take the A39 road to Selworthy, turn right at brown sign marked Selworthy village. Continue up that hill to the National Trust car park

By foot
Access from Selworthy via road. Access from Allerford via woodland paths.
By bus

Service 39 and 300 run between Minehad and Lynmouth. Winter and summer timetables vary. Alight at the bus stop opposite the road to Selworthy village.

Selworthy and Bury Castle circular walk

Facilities and access

  • 150 miles of footpaths and bridleways to explore
  • Pay and display car parking at Horner (SS920469) and Bossington (SS920469)
  • Small free car parking available at Allerford, Selworthy (over flow only), Selworthy Beacon and Webbers Post
  • Toilets including baby changing facilities at Bossington. Toilets also available at Horner
  • Dogs welcome under close control
  • There are no designated accessible parking spaces
  • Rugged terrain, ranging from level paths to steep slopes and hills, with several gates and stiles around the estate