Central Exmoor: north of Winsford
This page covers
the area between Exford and Winsford north to Porlock and Dunster, including
Dunkery Beacon and the area around Wheddon Cross. This is an area of high hills and deep
wooded combes, including the extensive woods of the Holnicote estate around
Horner. Wheddon Cross marks a double
crossing-point, the watershed between the north-flowing River Avill and the
southgoing Quarme, as well as the boundary between high Exmoor to the west
and the Brendon Hills to the east.
Walking is varied, and routes can be relatively easy or as strenuous you
want to make them.
Click the walk name
to download the route. Read the walk safety information, and click for a key to the symbols used on the sketch maps in the instructions.
47 Dunster to Porlock via
Luccombe and Horner ♦♦♦ 9 mile linear, bus connection
48 Horner, the Dunster Path and
Luccombe ♦♦ 6.5 mile circular
49 Horner, Stoke Pero and Dunkery
Beacon ♦♦ 8.2 mile circular
50 Exford to Dunster via Dunkery
Beacon ♦♦♦ 11.5 mile linear, bus connection
51 Exford to Winsford via the
River Exe ♦ 5.5 mile linear, bus connection or return using
52 Winsford to Exford via Bye
Hill and Room Hill ♦♦ 5.4 mile linear, bus connection or return using
53 Around Wheddon Cross ♦♦ 7.2 mile circular
54 Wheddon Cross and Dunkery
Beacon ♦♦♦ 10.6 mile circular
55 Wheddon Cross to Porlock ♦♦ 8 mile linear, bus connection
56 Wheddon Cross to Dunster via
Clicket ♦♦♦ 9.6 mile linear, bus connection
57 Wheddon Cross to Dulverton ♦♦♦ 10.5 mile linear, bus connection
58 Exford to Dulverton via
Withypool and Hawkridge ♦♦♦ 13 mile linear, bus connection
- some information about the Exmoor
Herepath (Saxon military road) and two suggested walking routes.
There are some
long-term path closures and diversions in the Horner Woods and
Selworthy area, where the National Trust is managing trees affected by ash
dieback. Please check the NT ash
dieback web page for details.
More walks from
Exford in ‘Western Exmoor’,
from Winsford in ‘Central Exmoor-South’, and from Wheddon Cross in ‘the
Brendons to the coast’.
All text, photographs and maps © Stan Lester 2023