Dunster Castle and Village Circular Walk

Walking trail

Explore the medieval village of Dunster, with its superb architecture and houses dating back over 800 years. The route takes in impressive views of Dunster Castle and offers plenty of opportunities for rest and refreshment.

Dunster Castle from the parkland


A map of the circular walk around Dunster Castle parkland and Dunster village


Dunster Castle Car Park


Begin near the top of Dunster Castle car park (by visitor reception). Go through a kissing gate just below the picnic area and follow the path to your right, heading towards the corner of the field.


Go through the gate in the corner of the field and turn left over the bridge. Continue to follow the path ahead, keeping the River Avill to your right, until you come to Gallox Bridge, also on your right.


Walk over Gallox Bridge and continue up the road until you reach a small car park on the right next to a path signed as Mill Gardens. Follow this path and turn left where it meets Mill Lane, then carry on to the end of the lane where it meets a busier road. If you would like to visit the Watermill Tearoom, turn right at the end of Mill Gardens and walk about 50 yards. Once you have finished in the tearoom, turn left and continue up Mill Lane to rejoin the walk.


Turn right onto West Street, a larger road with a pavement. Walk along the pavement until you see a former chapel on your left. Take care to cross the road then take the road on your left by the chapel, which is called St George's Street.


Continue up St George's Street, walking past a row of pretty cottages. Turn right when you come to a road signed Priory Green, where you have a school on your left and the church on your right. If you would like to visit the church you can do so at this step but there is also the opportunity to later on in the walk.


Follow Priory Green as it meanders through Dunster village, take time to enjoy the historic Tithe Barn and dovecote on your way past. At the end of the road, cross the road and turn right onto Dunster High Street.


Taking care on the road, continue onto Dunster High Street. Here you can spend time exploring Dunster's shops and cafes as well as the Grade I listed Yarn Market. Once you have finished, follow the High Street round to the right past some traffic lights, and carry on up the road, where you will find the pretty Village Garden and another way into the church.


Once you have explored the garden and church, continue on Church Street until you see the former chapel you walked past earlier, which will now be ahead of you. Here, turn left onto a road signposted to 'Historic Village Centre via Castle', which has a wooden gate at the end.


Go past the wooden gate and walk up the slight hill. You will come to the Dunster Castle ticket office, where you will find toilets, the National Trust shop, and entrance to the gardens and castle (please see our website for opening times). When you are ready, continue straight ahead through a set of wooden bollards to curve back to the car park.


Dunster Castle Car Park

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Dunster Castle and Village Circular Walk

Contact us

Dunster Castle, Dunster, Minehead, Somerset, TA24 6SL
Dunster Castle and Village Circular Walk

How to get here

Dunster Castle Car Park Dunster Minehead TA24 6NY
By train

Dunster Station (West Somerset Railway) 1 mile

By road
Enter from A39 onto the parkland driveway. Car park is 300 yards from the main road.
Parking: £5.50 all day, members free (please scan your card), motor home £11 (space dependent). Car park gates locked at 5pm daily. Our car park is small and parking spaces are limited. In poor weather we may suggest parking in the Dunster Steep village car park. Please check our website before travelling.
SatNav: 3 miles south-east of Minehead, off A39. Please use postcode TA24 6NY and follow the brown signs onto the parkland driveway from the A39.
By bus

28 - Taunton - Minehead - bus service operated by Buses of Somerset, alight Dunster Steep, ½ mile. Exmoor Coaster West-bound: Doniford- Watchet- Dunster- Minhead- Porlock- Lynmouth. East-bound: Lynmouth- Porlock- Minehead- Dunster- Watchet- Doniford. 198 - Dulverton - Minehead - bus service operated by Atwest , alight Dunster High Street Newagents (S-bound) or Dunster The Foresters Inn (W-bound). 678 - Dulverton - Minehead - bus service operated by Exmoor Community Bus Association, alight Dunster High Street Newagents (S-bound) or Dunster The Foresters Inn (W-bound).

By bicycle

Cycle lane from Minehead along A39

Dunster Castle and Village Circular Walk

Facilities and access

  • Routes are in places steep and feature numerous steps, slopes and uneven surfaces. Reasonable levels of fitness and stout footwear are required.
  • Parking, 300 yards. Free for National Trust members and a charge of £5.50 per vehicle per day for non-members, £11 for Motor Homes (space dependent). Sorry, no caravans or trailers. Car park closes and is locked at 5pm.
  • Dogs welcome across the site on short leads except inside the castle.
  • Accessible toilets and baby change facilities available.