We would suggest that these notes are read in conjunction with
the Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure 9 Exmoor 1:25000 map.
Description: This is an almost flat stroll, mainly through fields and suitable for post-Sunday lunch.
Distance: 3 miles.
Time: 1¼ -1½ hours.
Start point: Bossington car park. Bossington lies about 1 mile north of Porlock. Bossington Lane leaves the A39 at the top of the hill at the east end of the village. Continue straight ahead along the Lane and, just after passing the Methodist Chapel, bear left at Bossington Green continuing through the village to the car park (GR 898480). Bus services 39 (Minehead-Porlock Weir) 300 (Minehead-Ilfracombe) pass the top end of Bossington Lane.
Directions: Leave the car park by the main entrance and walk back through the village. At Bossington Green, continue straight ahead following the Minehead signpost. The road crosses Horner Water and swings slightly right, widening as it does so. Along this straight stretch, you pass Lynch Chapel-at-ease and the Falconry Centre on your right and the entrance to Lynch Country House on your left.
Just beyond this, the road curves gradually to the right. Go through the kissing gate on your right (signpost: A39 road, Horner). Follow the hedge on the left as it curves round. Go through the gate ahead of you and continue straight ahead through the next field. As you go along this section, there are fine views towards the hills. Go through the next gate and the right of way gradually heads towards the narrow strip of woodland on your right, bordering Horner Water. Go through a kissing gate with a yellow waymark and follow the track through the trees until you emerge through a gate out into the next field. Follow the right-hand hedge along to a kissing gate leading onto the main road.
This is New Bridge on the A39. Exercise caution as the road here is narrow and traffic is fast. Cross over the bridge and go through the field gate on the opposite side of the road. The path goes straight ahead, roughly paralleling the line of the river to another field gate at the far end. Beyond this is a rough track which brings you out onto the lane from Red Post corner to Horner, just by West Luccombe Farm. Continue straight on, passing the entrance to Burrowhayes camp site and over the hump back bridge. Notice the old packhorse bridge on your right. Continue along the lane; there are several places where you can divert to the river bank to spend time. After about a quarter of a mile, turn left into the car park entrance; walk through the car park to the far end and along the narrow alleyway alongside the tea gardens which make a good stopping point for refreshments.
When the "inner man" has been satisfied, retrace your steps all the way back to the entrance to Lynch House and then turn up the tarmac drive. When you reach the top of the slight rise, by the large thatched house on the left, the road becomes a compacted track. Continue up this track until you reach a junction of tracks. Bear left and go through the field gate on your left, signposted for Bossington. Follow the track straight along the ridge across the field; note the views back towards Dunkery Beacon behind you. Go through the metal field gate and turn left down the field to a kissing gate beyond which there are some rough rock steps leading you to a path above Aller Water.
As you walk along the track, notice the junction of Aller Water and Horner Water below you, sometimes different colours after rain. The path drops down to a final kissing gate. Turn left and cross over North Bridge back into the carpark.