South West

Exmoor, Somerset

  • Distance

    24 miles

    Equivalent of walking up the Eiffel Tower 120 times

  • Duration

    10 hours

  • Difficulty

    Challenging

  • Terrain

    High moorland walking, with steep climbs and descents

  • OS grid reference

    SX724902

  • Calories burned

    2,400

    The equivalent of two KFC family feasts

Route Info

This hike is broken up into two sections, which begin and end in the picturesque village of Allerford and cover the 12,000-acre Holnicote Estate.

The first part of this walk is an 8-mile circuit that takes you north of Allerford, through the village of Selworthy and into Selworthy woods. You’ll then head up to Selworthy Beacon before dropping steeply down to Bossington’s pebble beach.

Section two is much more demanding. Again you start in Allerford, but this time you head south through Horner Wood and onto Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor, so expect a steep climb.

Kit List

  • Good quality walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Rucksack
  • Survival bag
  • First aid kit
  • Tent and sleeping bag if you plan to camp
  • Multi-tool
  • Extra food
  • Head torch
  • With these views, don’t forget the binoculars!

Did you know?

Exmoor has the largest concentration of Red Deer in England.

Route Highlight

The view from the summit of Dunkery Beacon. On a clear day you'll be able to see the sea to your north, as well as Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor, the Brecon Beacons, and even Cleeve Hill in Gloucestershire.

Where to stop

Crosslane House in Allerford is a convenient place to bed down for the night.