Selworthy Beacon and North Hill from Bossington

Selworthy Beacon and North Hill are the main objectives of this walk from Bossington, Somerset. The route offers a variety of Exmoor scenery with coastal hills, views of high moors and the interesting village of Selworthy.

Technical sheet
No. 292957
A Selworthy walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 06/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h45[?]
Distance Distance : 13.12km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 350m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 345m
Highest point Highest point : 301m
Lowest point Lowest point : 15m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Exmoor
Location Location : Selworthy
Starting point Starting point : N 51.220158° / W 3.579792°
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The start is in the National Trust car park (Grid ref. SS898479) in the village of Bossington, which is worth looking round either before or after the walk. Leave the car park at the north-eastern end to cross a bridge. Continue by following the signed footpath towards Hurlstone Point. Just short of the Point you meet the South West Coast Path, which you follow in the direction of Minehead climbing steeply onto Bossington Hill. It is worth making a slight detour to the summit as it provides a superb view across Porlock Bay.

(1) Return to the South West Coast Path and follow this towards Selworthy Beacon making another short detour to reach the summit. The view from here is superb with views across to the high moors of Exmoor and Dunkery Beacon. Rejoin the South West Coast Path and follow this as it meanders across rolling countryside about eight hundred feet above the sea some half a mile to your left.

(2) Reaching the flanks of North Hill turn south (Grid ref. 943477) along a narrow path to reach the summit, which is marked as a viewpoint on OS maps. Leave the summit along a broad track in a westerly direction. This track runs parallel to and a little way north of the road crossing this area of open moorland. Stay with this track until you reach the road (Grid ref. 924479) just before the final climb to the summit to Selworthy Beacon. Cross the road and head south east and take the first distinct path/track on your right. This descends into the valley eventually entering woodland.

(3) The track exits onto a road at Selworthy. To your left a short way up the lane is the whitewashed Selworthy church, which is worth a visit as it has commanding views south to the moors. To your right are the thatched rooves of the cottages built for the retired workers of the Holnicote Estate. Go through the gate and walk through the green that forms the centrepiece of this attractive village. Reaching the lane turn right and follow this for a short way to take a signed footpath on your right to Allerford where you continue into the village to cross the famous packhorse bridge.

(4) After crossing the bridge turn right and continue along the road in the direction of Bossington. Turn right down the lane to Stokes Farm picking up a footpath that leads through pleasant woodland to return you to the starting point(D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 15m - National Trust car park
1 : km 1.94 - alt. 234m - Bossington Hill
2 : km 6.83 - alt. 256m - North Hill - Turn south
3 : km 10.22 - alt. 124m - Selworthy
4 : km 11.72 - alt. 34m - Turn right
D/A : km 13.12 - alt. 15m

Useful Information

This walk includes moors, woodland and coast - the three essential ingredients of Exmoor. In addition the route visits three picturesque villages and includes a high level section of the South West Coast path so can never be criticised for lack of interest.

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.67/5
Number of opinions : 2
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 4.5/5
Walk interest : 4.5/5

on Mon 30 May 2022 09:40:14 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 30/05/22
Description quality : Very good
Easiness to follow the route : Good
Walk interest : Good

Interesting walk with fantastic views of the surrounding countryside and sea. The initial climb from the National trust car park is very steep and long so you need to be reasonably fit to do this. Alternatively you could do the walk in revers so that you end by descending from the top of Selworthey Beacon and finishing at the car park. Nice tea shop in Selworthey worth a visit, I would recommend this walk.

on Sat 06 Jan 2018 10:15:50 CET

Hi tlowe1805,

Thanks for your feedback on this walk. If you have any photos of the walk you are very welcome to post them

Best wishes,

Hikideas Moderator

on Mon 01 Jan 2018 10:48:26 CET

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 08/12/17
Description quality : Very good
Easiness to follow the route : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

This is a first-rate walk which encompasses some excellent coastal and woodland scenery. In addition, the latter part of the route takes you through some delightful villages full of old world charm. Highly recommended.

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