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 P2: Lynch-Hurlstone Point-Bossington Hill

Lynch Chapel-at-Ease

Bold letters in brackets, for example (A), refer to check points on the shorter walks mentioned at the end.

Notes: In the view of the webmaster, this is possibly the most scenic walk in the area. It includes ascents and descents of moderate steepness. Going usually dry. One section might not be suitable to anyone particularly afraid of heights. Do not follow this walk beyond Hurlstone Point if there is a strong off-shore wind. (See below for an alternative route in these instances).

Distance: 2¾ miles, shortened walk 2¼ miles.

Time: 1¼ -1½ hours (shorter walk 1-1¼ hours).

Start point: Lynch. There is space to park at the roadside near to the Chapel-at-ease and the Falconry Centre (GR 900478).

Directions: Follow the signpost into the roadway leading to Lynch Country House, passing the entrance drive on your right. At the top of the road, by a large thatched house, the road becomes a compacted track. After another 100 yards, you reach a crossing of tracks. Bear slightly left, crossing a narrow stream flowing over the path and continuing past a field gate signposted Bossington; a few yards further on, go through a gate into Lynch Combe which is a wide bridleway leading upwards between a stone wall and the stream. After 3-4 minutes when you reach a crossing, turn left through a gate past a "No Riding" sign onto a level track. Continue along this pleasant woodland path, passing through a second gate after a few minutes.

You come out of the wooded section into the open after passing a track on the left dropping down to Bossington. Continue straight along the open moor with increasingly good views across Porlock and Porlock Bay, turning slightly at a corner with a bench seat to parallel the line of the coast. The track begins to descend gradually through bracken. Ahead of you can be seen the battlemented tower of the disused Coastguard lookout at Hurlstone Point, our immediate target. At the foot of Hurlstone Combe cross over the coast path and continue straight ahead up the narrow path which culminates in a series of rock steps bringing you onto the flat area in front of the lookout where there is a seat.

On a clear day, the Welsh coast is visible with the white lighthouses at Nash Point and the power station at Aberthaw quite noticeable.

Go past the tower and climb over the stile. For the next 200 yards, the path runs along the top of the cliff and then turns inland into a small valley. Keep the hill on your immediate right ignoring any paths heading off to the left. You begin to climb the hill on a zig-zag path which finally brings you out onto the spine of Hurlstone Point. This is the only spot where you can see each side of the headland. After enjoying the view, follow the rough path up the spine of the hill through the gorse until it meets a wider and flatter path; follow this round to the seat at the head of Hurlstone Combe.

(A) Cross over the coast path again and follow the track signposted "Lynch Combe. No bicycles" which runs along the upper side of the combe. As it swings south to follow the line of the hill, a superb vista of the Vale of Porlock appears; the coast running away to Porlock Weir and along as far as Foreland Point can be seen while inland, the communities of West Luccombe, Horner and Luccombe can be picked out. Continue along this path which remains mainly level until it turns to skirt Church Combe at which point it begins to lose height.

At the far side of the combe, you re-enter the wooded area and after 300 yards walking along this shaded track, a crossing is reached. This is Lynch Combe. Turn downhill and after 4-5 minutes, you reach the point where you turned into the woods on the outward part of the walk. Continue to descend the combe, go through the gate, past the field gate and bear right on to the compacted track to bring you back onto the tarmac road and back to where you parked.

Alternative route for windy days or nervous walkers: If you should feel that the section beyond Hurlstone Point poses a risk because of these factors, return from the Point to the foot of Hurlstone Combe and climb directly up from here; this is not as scenic as the main route and also a steeper, more unremitting gradient. At the top, turn right and pick up the main description from (A).

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