Walk - Minehead YHA - 3 Picturesque Villages

5.8 miles (9.4 km)

Bossington car park - TA24 8HF Bossington car park

Moderate - Generally easy walking on good level wide tracks with just one long very steep climb.

Three picturesque villages with chocolate-box thatched cottages and other delightful architectural features. A pleasant half day walk with stunning views of the Exmoor coastline, over the heights of Selworthy Beacon and the shaded paths of Selworthy and Allerford Woods. Generally easy walking on good level wide tracks with just one long very steep climb.

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.

Tudor Cottage

15th century Licensed Farmhouse B&B offering a hearty breakfast with beautiful views. Evening meal, packed lunch & afternoon teas by arrangement

Exmoor Country House

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

Sparkhayes Farm Campsite

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

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

Reines House B&B

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.

Myrtle Cottage

A comfortable thatched cottage built over 400 years ago, bursting with character and charm. All rooms en-suite, award winning breakfast.

Sea View B&B

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

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.

Quarry Cottage

Quarry cottage is a family and dog friendly 3 bedroom cottage sleeping 6 people. It has spacious living spaces and an enclosed garden.

Ash Farm B&B

We are a working farm just off the Coast Path. Porlock Weir pick up if required. Packed lunch on request.

The Parks Guest House

Georgian grade 2 listed guest house in a quiet area of Minehead 5 mins walk from town. Rooms en-suite, private car park, single night stays & dogs welcome

Anchor Cottage

Warm, cosy, well equipped 2 bed 17th century Fisherman's cottage near Minehead Harbour. Start the Path from the doorstep.

Sunfield B&B

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

Montrose Guest House

Situated in a tree lined road, few minutes walk to shops,restaurants & beach. A perfect base for exploring wonderful Exmoor coast or starting the Coast Path.

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

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

Maps and Guide Books for sale. FREE accommodation booking service

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Route Description

From the Youth Hostel drive into Alcombe, turning left on Church Street to reach the A39. Follow the A39 out of Minehead towards Porlock. After about 4 miles as the A39 bends sharply to the left carefully turn right into Allerford village. Follow the road past the packhorse bridge through the village. Pass West Lynch and then fork right into Bossington. The car park is on your right beyond the red telephone box.

  1. To start your walk, head north-east out of the car park and cross the footbridge over the Horner Water, before bearing left at the South West Coast Path sign for Hurlstone Point.
  2. After about 1 kilometre turn right at the seat at the bottom of Hurlstone Combe. Head up the combe to the crossroads, turn left and follow the level path to Hurlstone Point coastguard station.

This was built in 1902 and was operational until February 1983.

Take time to admire the views of the Bristol Channel. Scan the sea for the occasional glimpse of grey seals or porpoises, and the skies for the passing seabirds or the resident peregrine falcons.

  1. Retrace your steps to the crossroads and turn left following the Coast Path up Hurlstone Combe. Take your time as it's a long steep climb!

The landscape below has been dramatically shaped by the sea's incursion inland, and both history and wildlife have been affected by it.

  1. At the top of the combe continue straight on, staying on the Coast Path for approximately 1 kilometre until you reach some fields near to the left-hand side of the track.

Look out for Dartford Warblers and Stonechats flitting between gorse bushes and in late summer admire the spectacular colours of the maritime heath.

  1. Keeping the fields on the left of the track continue straight on for about another 200 metres. At the corner of the field leave the Coast Path behind, and take the wide track ahead up to the high point of Selworthy Beacon (308 metres).

As its name suggests, Selworthy Beacon was used to send warning of invaders landing in the sixteenth century, when Britain was at war with France and Spain; but its history goes back, to the Bronze Age.

  1. Just before reaching the stone cairn turn right and follow the track down to the road.

Before leaving the Beacon take time to admire the 360-degree views of South Wales to the north, the Bristol Channel coast and Quantock hills to the east, Dunkery Beacon to the south and the North Devon coast to the west.

  1. Cross over the road and follow the bridleway down to the village of Selworthy.

Look out for the stone memorial hut on the right, built in 1879 in memory of Sir Thomas Dyke Acland 10th Baronet. His great-great grandson donated the estate to the National Trust in 1944.

  1. At the end of the bridleway next to Selworthy Church go through the gate and down onto the road, then turn right through another gate and follow the tarmac path down onto Selworthy Green.

This is an excellent point for a well-earned rest. You can visit the nearby church with its white lime-washed walls or reward yourself with refreshments at the tea-rooms. There are also public toilets if you walk down through Selworthy Green and out through the gate at the bottom. The toilets are then on your right.

  1. To continue the walk, go across the small bridge and through the gate opposite the tea-rooms, and at the top of the path turn left onto a wide track. Take the second path on the left following signs for Allerford and Bossington, and head along the edge of the woods to the small spring named Katherine's Well. Here bear left along the lower path. Upon reaching Holnicote Combe carry straight on following the sign to Bossington.

As you walk through these woods you will see clues that this landscape was once very different. The old dry stone walls and banks are a reminder that this was once all farmland. The woods you enjoy today were in fact only planted in the early 19th century by Sir Thomas Dyke Acland. You may be lucky and see some of the resident roe deer and red deer which live in these woods.

  1. At the next junction go straight on again and then take the left-hand (lower) track at the next junction. Follow it until you reach the seat and viewpoint of St Agnes Fountain.
  2. Here continue straight on, taking the left-hand path down towards Bossington. At the next crossroads go straight across. After passing behind Lynch House take the right-hand path at the fork and head towards the field gate. Go through it and follow the footpath across the field to the next gateway.
  3. Bear sharp left down to a kissing gate and head along the path through a small wood; at the next kissing gate turn left.

Congratulations - you are back at Bossington car park!

Public transport

There is a regular bus service between Minehead and nearby Porlock roughly every hour but the nearest stop is about one mile from Bossington. Occasional buses go via Bossington. For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the bus stops, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.

Parking

Bossington Car Park (Postcode for Sat Navs: TA24 8HQ).

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