We would suggest that these notes are read in conjunction with
the Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure 9 Exmoor 1:25000 map.
Notes: This walk drops down to the East Water valley, then follows one of the old Ackland paths to Horner Hill and visits the restored Jubilee Hut. The Priest Way is the old track linking Webbers Post with the church at Stoke Pero.
Distance: 3 miles. Shorter variation 2½ miles.
Time: 1¼ hours. Shorter variation 1 hour.
Start point: Webbers Post (GR 904440). Turn south off the A39 at Red Post which is about ½ mile on the Minehead side of Porlock, signposted for West luccombe and Horner. Follow the road past Burrowhayes camp site and the cottages at Horner and about ¾ mile further on, at Chapel Cross, turn right uphill (signposted for Cloutsham and Dunkery Beacon). The road climbs steeply through a pleasant wooded section arriving at a fork at the brow of the hill. This is Webbers Post. Take the right fork and after 50 yards, turn onto a wide parking area on the right.
Directions: Continue through the car park with the wooded area on your right and at the far end take a narrow path to the right past two low wooden posts. Follow this path through the trees until you reach a T-junction with a rough, stony track. Turn downhill and follow the path for 9-10 minutes until you reach a junction with the riverside path along East Water. Turn left and after 100 yards, cross over a wooden footbridge just beyond a ford and next to a large fallen tree. Rejoin the main horse ride and almost immediately turn right up a narrow path to the right, signposted Priest Way. This path climbs steadily swinging left round the curve of the hill.
At a point where the path begins to curve the other way, watch for a narrow green track leading off to the left on the level. Follow this as it goes through a stand of trees and then emerges into the open, running high above East Water and paralleling the valley. When you reach a track crossing where there is a wooden bench seat, turn right up the hill and follow this path as it climbs away from the river valley. When it curves slightly to the right, take the narrower path round to the left which climbs over a low summit and drops down to meet a wider grassy track.
Turn left and within 30 yards or so, turn right by a large oak tree to follow another wide track dropping gently down through woodland. This is a higher section of the Priest Way. After several minutes, when the waymarked path swings right and downhill, continue straight on descending through a section of open woodland. After 150 yards, the path steepens through a narrow, eroded section and continues to drop steeply until it reaches the side of the river again.
Turn right and follow the path up to the wooden footbridge. Continue beyond through a muddy section and where there is a meeting of paths, follow the signpost for the Windsor Path on the left. This is one of the paths named by the Acland family who owned the Holnicote Estate for many years. The path almost doubles back on itself and gently climbs the hill curving round gradually to the right. After 5 minutes or so, the path is running high above Horner Water; the confluence of East Water and Horner Water is hidden in the trees below.
At a diagonal crossing, (A) continue straight ahead, gradually climbing. As you swing round to the right past a seat, the area around the settlement of Horner comes into view and, on a clear day, the Welsh coast can be seen. You reach a T-junction with the track to the right signposted Webbers Post. Follow this track. It is quite stony to begin with and there are many tree roots across the path. Ignore turnings on the left and continue to climb. The trees begin to thin out and the view on the right opens up until you reach the Jubilee Hut. (B) This was built in 2002 out of local materials on the site of an older hut which was removed in 1947 and carries a small plaque giving the details.
The track continues through a fairly dense stand of tree and emerges by a fork. Take the right fork, using either the compacted easy access track or the old horse path on its right. Note the stone seat marking the gift of the Estate to the National Trust. Follow the horse track as it heads through more trees back to the car park.
Shorter Variation: At point (A), turn sharp right up the track signposted Webbers Post. This is Tucker's Path which begins to zig-zag steadily up the hill. After 9-10 minutes, you will reach the Jubilee Hut. Follow the main directions from (B).