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A view of the approach to Conygar Tower with the tower in the middle and surrounded by trees
The approach to Conygar Tower, Somerset | © Harriet Pinches

Conygar Tower from Dunster Castle walk

Enjoy this circular wander through peaceful woodland and discover the impressive folly built by Henry Luttrell to enhance the view from Dunster Castle.

Total steps: 10

Total steps: 10

Start point

Dunster Castle Car Park

Step 1

From the National Trust car park head to the back of the parking area with the castle behind you. Go through a wooden gate, signposted 'Permitted path, Dunster pottery kiln', then continue on path straight ahead, up and over the hill until you reach another wooden gate, into Dunster Steep village car park.

Step 2

Follow the path straight ahead, passing the traditional sweet shop. Turn left at the road, walking on the pavement. Continue ahead, past the Exmoor National Park centre. Stop at garage number 3 and cross the road, staying left of St Thomas street, following the public footpath sign for Conygar woods. Follow the path as signed up the hill.

Step 3

Once passing through a wooden gate you will come to a T-junction with an option to either follow a shorter 'direct' route (left) or a longer 'circuit' route (right). Follow the circular route to the right and downhill. The well-trodden path will continue onwards and in a circular motion to the left. After a few hundred yards the path will widen and you will pass a fenced-off quarry on your left.

Step 4

Over a slight crest, take a left up a narrow wooded track, signed for crown estate. Having progressed uphill for a couple of hundred yards, you will arrive at a viewpoint with a bench, which is ideal for a pause to enjoy the views.

Step 5

Continue straight ahead and uphill, past a rock face and then spiralling to the left, you will come to another T-junction. Take the left, up the hill. You will pass under a large stone archway. Pause for an opportunity to engage with the Coleridge Way. Scan QR codes on your smartphone if you can. Continue upwards and climb some steps then keep right and though a dip in the path. The path will meander for another couple of hundred yards.

Step 6

Keep left following the path gradually uphill, past the Douglas Firs. Here you will see Conygar Tower. Take some time to explore it and enjoy the views. When you've finished, turn around, back the way you came. As the path levels out and once you get back to the Douglas Firs, take the left, sharply downhill.

Looking up to the sky from within Conygar Tower, six of the tower's windows and its open roof open out to blue sky and cloud.
The view up from inside Conygar Tower | © Harriet Pinches

Step 7

As you begin to see Dunster village from the bottom of the slope, keep left. The village high street and a view of the castle will appear. There is a bench if you fancy another pause; also a good opportunity for a photo. Continue downhill until you arrive back at the first junction. Go right through the gate, signposted to Dunster Villlage, and retrace your steps until you are opposite the green garages next to the Exmoor National Park Centre.

Step 8

Take an immediate right up the road called 'The Ball' then follow this road past the historic Dunster Tithe Barn, dovecote and church. Once you reach a junction by the church, turn left and follow St George's Street. At the next junction, by a former chapel, turn right and follow the road for about 100 yards before turning left down Mill Lane.

Step 9

Continue walking down Mill Lane. Maybe stop for a hot drink here at the newly-refurbished Watermill Tea-room (National Trust owned), after which turn left out of the venue and take a footpath to the left, signposted to Gallox Bridge. At the end of this path, turn left again and walk past the pretty thatched cottages, then cross Gallox Bridge.

Step 10

Over the Gallox Bridge, turn left and follow the path over a small wooden bridge. Continue on this path which, after a couple of hundred yards, will take you over a bridge and through a wooden gate back into Dunster Castle's parkland. Follow the diagonal path to your left through the parkland and back to the car park.

End point

Dunster Castle Car Park

Trail map

Conygar Tower from Dunster Castle map
Conygar Tower from Dunster Castle map | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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