Walking in Exmoor: Day two

Walking trail

Part two of a two-day walk on the Holnicote Estate, tried and tested by environment and travel journalist, Mark Rowe. Starting in Allerford, you'll head south through Horner Wood and onto Dunkery Beacon.

The view from Dunkery Beacon, part of the Holnicote Estate, Somerset


Map route for Walking in Exmoor Day two


Allerford, grid ref: SS905468


From Allerford, head for Holnicote House, HF Holidays and the National Trust Estate Yard. Follow field paths and lane to Horner and then follow Horner Water into Horner Wood.

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Take the first footbridge on the left and follow Tuckers Path, zig-zagging out of the wood to Webbers Post, Jubilee Hut and the car park viewpoint.


Follow the contours round to Dunkery Beacon and then head south-west across moorland to Porlock Post (SS861411).

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Follow the road north across Wilmersham Common and take the track on the left (SS861413), past the quarry along Embercome Water and follow Nutscale Water down to the ford. Follow the wide track out of the combe.


Turn right onto main track and take left path into Dady Combe, dropping down Lang Combe into Horner Wood.


Later, follow Granny's Ride and Flora's Ride onto Ley Hill. Drop down Halse Combe to West Luccombe and return to Allerford via Piles Mill.

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Allerford, grid ref: SS905468

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Walking in Exmoor: Day two


Several steep climbs and steep descents. Some stiles and gates. High moorland walking on exposed ground, some paths indistinct, though most are clear and well used. We're assuming you're 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 two

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Walking in Exmoor: Day two

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 two

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