Walking in Exmoor: Day one

Walking trail

Part one of a two-day walk on the Holnicote Estate, tried and tested by environment and travel journalist, Mark Rowe, takes you north of Allerford, through the village of Selworthy and into Selworthy woods. You'll then head up to Selworthy Beacon before dropping steeply down to Bossington's pebble beach.

Walking in Selworthy Woods on the Holnicote Estate, Somerset


Map route for Walking in Exmoor Day one


Allerford, grid ref: SS905468


Start at Allerford and follow contour paths up to Selworthy church and signposts to Selworthy Beacon.

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Head for Bossington Hill and drop down via the coast path and Hurlstone Point, to Bossington beach.

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Walk along the beach to cross the River Aller and return to Allerford via Bossington.

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Allerford, grid ref: SS905468

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Walking in Exmoor: Day one


Relatively easy walking, some steady ascents and one steep descent. Some stiles and clear, waymarked or well-trodden paths through woodland and heathland. We're assuming youre comfortable with map reading and grid references, can use a compass and probably prefer in any case to put together your own walk, ad lib a bit, following a path or feature that looks worth nosing around, rather than stick rigidly to a route. Dogs welcome under close control. Please note: the map provided is intended as a rough guide, please take a map with you and wear sensible walking gear.

Walking in Exmoor: Day one

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Walking in Exmoor: Day one

How to get here

Holnicote Estate, Somerset
By train

Taunton, 28 miles, then take bus service 28.

By road

Off A39 Minehead to Porlock, 3 miles west of Minehead.

By bus

Service 28, Taunton railway station, platform 2, to Minehead, half-hourly; service 39, Minehead to Selworthy, Allerford and Porlock, daily except Sundays.

Walking in Exmoor: Day one

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 (overflow only), Selworthy Beacon and Webbers Post
  • Toilets including baby changing facilities at Bossington. Toilets also available at Horner
  • Dogs welcome under close control
  • Toilets including baby changing facilities at Bossington
  • 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