Walk - Hurlstone Point Adventurous Walk

3.2 miles (5.1 km)

Bossington car park - TA24 8HF Bossington car park

Moderate - Footpaths, one challenging, some steep ascent, some descent. Do not attempt in bad weather, especially if it's windy

A breathtaking route for the walker who is stout of heart and limb, exploring the remote and rocky realms tucked away behind the old coastguard lookout on Hurlstone Point.

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Exmoor Country House, Porlock

Beautiful Guest House within Exmoor National Park in the enchanting village of Porlock. Evening dinner every night except Sunday.

Sparkhayes Farm Campsite, Porlock

Family site-5 minute walk to the village and its shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants. 20 minute walk down to the sea on the South West Coast Path.

The Cottage B&B, Porlock

A cosy, luxurious, historic and friendly B&B in the heart of the village, close to all amenities

Reines House B&B, Porlock

Benefitting from a peaceful location, yet a short walk from Porlock's numerous shops, pubs and restaurants. Locally sourced produce from sausages to tea and coffe.  Packed lunch on request.

Hillside

Bedroom with view of Hurlestone Point. Double bed, private bathroom and downstairs toilet. Can provide mattress for child. Use of kitchen for DIY breakfast. Sunny back patio.

Sea View B&B, Porlock

4 Star B&B, en suite. TV/free wi-fi. Breakfast Award: gluten free/vegetarian, local produce/homemade
bread/preserves. Drying facilities.

Glen Lodge Luxury B&B, Porlock

Luxury B&B and self catering, set amongst garden, woods and streams. Walks from the door, coming back to a hot fire, cakes and a hot tub.

Ash Farm, Porlock Hill

We are a working farm just off the Coast Path. Please call 01643 862414 for more details. Porlock Weir pick up if required. Packed lunch on request. 

Rosanda House Holiday Flats, Minehead

Comfortable self-contained self-catering flats yards from the start of the South West Coast Path. Great base from which to walk and explore Exmoor & West Somerset.

Baytree B&B, Minehead

Spacious Victorian house in a quiet central location, 5 minutes walk from the seafront and Coast Path. Extensive breakfast menu.

Sunfield B&B, Minehead

A delightful family-run guest house tucked away in a quiet corner of Minehead. Delicious home cooking and a warm welcome awaits.

What is on your list of things to do when you visit the Path? From walking companies, to help you tailor your visit, with itineraries and experts to enhance your visit, to baggage transfer companies and visitor attractions there are lots to people and places to help you decide what you'd like to do. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Exmoor Rambler, Porlock

Exmoor Rambler stocks a large range of outdor clothing & equipment-waterproofs,walking boots, walking guides,etc. Ideally suited for South West Coast Path.

Minehead Information Centre, The Beach Hotel

We offer a FREE accommodation booking service for Minehead.   We can also assist with booking accommodation in Porlock, Lynton or Lynmouth.  Our Coast Path maps and guides start from £2.00.  

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Route Description

A noticeboard on the path around Hurlstone Point warns against attempting this route in bad weather, and even on a good day it is not for those who dislike heights or are not sure-footed, as there are steep sections with loose stones and some exposure. For those ready to meet the challenge, however, this is an inspiring walk.

  1. From the car park cross the stream via the footbridge and turn left onto the path alongside it.
  2. After about three quarters of a mile you come to Hurlstone Combe. If the weather is bad, take the footpath uphill to the right to continue your walk, turning right at the top and then left onto the track leading to the Coast Path. (You might want to go ahead first, as far as the coastguard lookout point, and then retrace your steps to go up the combe). For the adventurous walk, however, do not go up Hurlstone Combe, but instead carry on to the left, and bear left again (but don't take the path down to the beach), heading for the lookout point.

The coastguard lookout tower was built in 1902, and remained in use until 1983. It was manned until after World War II, and housed a rocket warning system and rescue equipment. A tall semaphore system was also used at the end of the point.
There are caves between Hurlstone Point and Minehead, gouged out by sea erosion but reckoned in some cases to have been artificially enlarged in order to provide better facilities for the contraband trade which once flourished here. One such smugglers' cave is under the point itself. It has been muttered in nearby Selworthy that a passage leads down to the cave from the famous white Church of All Saints in the village, but whether it's true or not, no-one is telling!
The sheer cliffs on the northern face of the point also provide a large number of routes for climbers which are accessible even at high tide, although in places the vegetation makes the climbing a bit of a horticultural activity!

As it goes around the point beyond the lookout station, the path gets twisty and the wind roars in your face, and there is a sudden exhilarating sense of stepping into an unexpected wilderness. Take care along the first stretch, as it is narrow and exposed.

Around the corner, above the beach, the hillside thinks it's a mountain, complete with goat-tracks, scree and sheer rockfaces.

  1. Pick your way carefully up the steep, winding, stony path to the top. There will be plenty of opportunities to admire the view to the beach below and across the Bristol Channel to the Welsh coastline as you pause frequently to catch your breath!
  2. When you finally get to the top, bear left along the top of the hill, ignoring the various small paths leading off through the gorse. Ignore the bigger path to the left a little further on, too, staying with your path until it meets the Coast Path coming up from Porlock via Hurlstone Combe.
  3. Leave your path here, and turn left onto the main path running along the top of the hill, going straight ahead at the junction shortly afterwards and carrying on as another path joins from the left.

The rock on the point and around Culbone Cliffs, across Porlock Bay, is harder than that in the bay, which resulted in these two promontories towering above the mile-long shingle beach below once erosion had reduced the vale between them to the long flat valley so spectacularly displayed from here.

  1. After about half a mile a track joins from the right. Turn sharply right, onto it, and carry on down the side of Bossington Hill, dog-legging into Lynch Combe and ignoring the path leading steeply up the combe in the crook of the second sharp bend.
  2. Bear left through the woods and the path will return you to the stream at the start of the walk. Cross the footbridge to return to the car park.

Public transport

Quantocks Motor Services Routes 39, 300 and 400 travel several times a day between Minehead and Porlock, stopping at Allerford, a 10-minute walk along quiet lanes from Bossington.

For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the bus stops, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.

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The car park at Bossington

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