Depending on what you would like it to be, a walk in Exmoor and it’s neighbouring area can be bracing, challenging, inspiring or relaxing…maybe a mixture of all these things…welcome to walking heaven!
Click on www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/enjoying/exmoor-visitor-map and follow the ‘Detailed Map’ link…you’ll find a great OS mapping resource which allows panning and zoom….just perfect for planning your walking route.
Walking in and Around Porlock
We have quite a few walking books maps and guides available to guests for many walks both near and far. As a section of the South West Coast Path and Coleridge Way both pass Porlock we’re ideally located to pick up either for a half day / full day exploring.
Many walking holiday companies operate with tried and tested unguided walks in Exmoor….we work closely with Encounter Walking Holidays based in Cornwall….check out the service they offer at encounterwalkingholidays.com
We’ll add details of local walks as we go through 2019. We’ll always credit the recommendations of local walkers, authors and publishers where necessary.
Dunkery and Horner Wood Circular Walk
A delightful trail In beautiful surroundings
Leave the Webbers Post car park by the path in the far left-hand corner (left as you look at the information panel). This leads through the gorse and across the road. Once over the road, you climb steadily for about a quarter of a mile until the path levels off. Ignore paths to left and right.
Continue along the side of Dunkery Hill until the path slopes down towards a small combe. Descend into Hollow Combe. During wet weather, a stream crosses the path just inside the combe.
Emerge from the combe and follow the path as it climbs gently upwards. On reaching a point where four paths meet, turn right and head downhill towards the woodland edge.
Ignore paths that join from the right and left and continue down into the valley. As you enter the tree line, the path will become very steep and rocky as it approaches the valley bottom.
At the bottom of the valley you’ll meet the river. Cross the footbridge onto the road and turn right.
Continue along the road for about a quarter of a mile, then bear left onto a path (just before the river crosses the road). Shortly after turning onto this track, a path bears off to the left. Ignore this and carry on along the valley bottom.
After about three quarters of a mile of weaving to and fro across the river (via the footbridges), you reach a junction where a bridleway descends from your left. Ignore this and cross over the river once more.
Shortly after crossing the river, turn right and follow the Priestway (a bridleway) up and out of the valley.
This path is steep and rocky but eventually reaches a broad, flat track at the top of the hill (Horner Hill). When you reach this point, turn right and walk the short distance back to the car park.