Exmoor: Lookouts and Villages
Explore some of Exmoor’s iconic views and landmarks while taking in the area's distinctive villages with thatched cottages and tearooms, and the Holnicote Estate (pronounced Hunnicutt).
Setting out from Allerford the route passes through Bossington noted for its distinctive cottages with tall chimneys, before skirting Porlock Marsh and heading to the Hurlstone Point lookout.
Leaving the lookout the walk rises to the top of Hurlstone Point for some of Exmoor’s stunning coastal views that will take your breath away.
Continuing inland, we explore the Acland memorial hut and the poetry carved into its wall panels, before descending into a wooded coombe to the village of Selworthy, with its distinctive white church dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries.
There’s an option to stop here at the pretty, thatched tearooms before returning to Allerford and its famous Packhorse Bridge.
Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a heritage explorer or a photography lover, this relaxed walk takes you to some of Exmoor's most enchanting villages and breath-taking views.
The Walk Leader is Paul Holmes, who has been planning and leading walks, hikes and expeditions since his teens. Paul is a Trail Watcher for two sections of the King Charles III England Coast Path and serves as a Community First Responder with the South Western Ambulance Service.
The route takes place on a mixture of moorland and farmland footpaths and some small sections of rougher terrain. There are some steep hills, and narrow paths on steep slopes down to the sea.
The meeting point for the walk is the village of Allerford where parking will be available.
Allerford is also on the Exmoor Coaster bus route that runs throughout the day from 8am to early evening between Minehead and Porlock, and is part of the £2 bus fare scheme in Somerset. Check the Exmoor Coaster online timetables on the day to plan your trip (Exmoor Coaster leaflet).