Aspects of Exmoor

We would suggest that these notes are read in conjunction with
the Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure 9 Exmoor 1:25000 map.

Walk M4: Minehead-Porlock
(Low Level linear walk)

Notes: This walk follows the tracks along the bottom of the hills on the southern side. It is intended as a linear walk, perhaps using two cars. Alternatively, the bus can be used from Porlock back to Minehead, routes 39 (Porlock Weir-Minehead) and 300 (Lynmouth-Minehead) running a fairly frequent service.

Distance: 6 miles

Time: 2½-3hours

Start point: St.Andrew's Church, Wellington Square, Minehead.

Directions: Go along Park Street, past the HSBC building on your left and straight ahead at the minor crossroads with Parks Lane. 50 yards further on take the left fork into Parkhouse Road following the brown "Parks Walk" sign. After about 100 yards, turn right by a low stone wall onto a tarmac path leading into the Parks Walk which is a pleasant linear walk through tree and flower beds. At the end, turn right into Periton Lane and at the T-junction with the main road, cross and go up the flight of steps opposite; turn right up Whitecross Lane and after 150 yards, turn left through a barrier onto a path leading gradually up the hill.

Follow this path, passing a track on the right within 200 yards, later going through a gate and passing a second track joining from the right. The path curves slightly to the right with a steep, open slope to the left and passing a seat before reaching a crossing. Continue straight ahead over this before swinging slightly left and climbing gently through gorse bushes. After passing another seat, the track drops down to a T-junction with the wide bridleway climbing Woodcombe. Turn right and then, within 100 yards, turn sharp left into a path which climbs and begins to follow the line of the fields on your left.

Go through a small gate and continue straight ahead into an area of open woodland. Your path drops down to join a track running along the edge of the fields. At a junction of paths, turn left down a hedged track which brings you out onto the lane just by Bratton Court Farm. Turn right following the road and at the second gate beyond the farm, turn left at a signpost for Selworthy leading into a field. Keep to the hedge and walk up to the next gate, go through and turn right to follow the hedge on your right-hand side. Continue along the hedge alongside some trees until you reach a small gate leading into a path bordered by woodland on the left and separated from the fields by a post and wire fence on your right. Walk along this track with views first to Wydon Farm on the opposite hill and then Hindon Farm in the valley until you reach a gate leading out onto a metalled road.

Bear right and follow this road into Selworthy village. Pass the church and go through the gate leading to the Information Centre. Continue round the side of the green and turn up a narrow path through a gate opposite the tea rooms. Swing left on joining a track at the top of the rise and continue past a path on the left until you meet a crossing 200 yards further on. Turn left to follow the path along the top of the fields and remain with this generally level track for 15 minutes until you descend to reach a six-way junction with a large wooden seat and a spring of water on the right. This is St.Agnes' Fountain. Take the extreme left fork, signposted Bossington, continue straight over a crossing after 150 yards and walk along behind Lynch House. At the next junction, go straight ahead through a gate into an open field following the rough path through the middle. At the next gate, turn left down to a small gate, down some rough steps and then follow a path along the bank of Horner Water. Go through the gate at the end, turn left and cross North Bridge into Bossington car park.

Go through the car park and turn right along Sea Lane, passing the road for Porlock. The last building on this lane is Lower House Farm when the road becomes a track. Continue for a further 100 yards to a hedged path on the left which has a stream running across it. Follow this track to a gate and go ahead into open fields. Follow the hedge straight ahead through three fields. At the end of the last field, the path angles through the hedge to join a path coming from the left. Bear right and stay with this hedged track to reach the corner of Bay Road and Villes Lane in Porlock.

Turn right along Bay Road and go down the steps at the far end into Sparkhayes Lane. Turn left and follow this road to the junction with the High Street in the middle of the village shops.

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