Webbers Post to Brockhill to Dunkery
A breathtaking moorland adventure to the highest point on Exmoor.
Webber’s Post in Horner is the perfect start point for a walk, in fact, its the start of dozens of great walks.
Webber’s Post is just outside of the chocolate box village of Horner. In the main village there is pay-and-display carpark with toilets. Horner village, although petite and compact, boasts two great tea rooms!
This particular walk is circular starting at Webbers Post via Brockwell to Dunkery Beacon. There are a couple of options to reach Brockwell, through the shady pine plantations of Horner and Middehill or along Dunster Path. Both routes circle the base of Luccombe Hill before ascending Dunkery Hill to the beacon, along the Macmillan Way (West).
It doesn’t really matter which way you do this walk, although we feel the ascent to Dunkery is easier on the knees
The Macmillan Way (West) is a long-distance trail from Castle Cary in Somerset to Barnstaple in North Devon. The trail is approx. 102 miles (164 km) long. As you ascend to Dunkery Beacon, the views from the Macmillan Way West over West Somerset are absolutely spectacular. The trail is flanked both sides by endless heather and gorse making for the most beautiful colours, and its bursting with birds and bees. Listen out for the cries of the buzzards as the hover above you.
Dunkery Beacon is Exmoor’s highest point at approximately 1,705 ft (519 m). This site has been visited by people since the Bronze Age, and is home to several burial mounds; cairns and barrows. As the South West’s highest point, outside of Dartmoor, the panoramic views are breathtaking. This is a perfect spot for stargazing!
Our particular descent from Dunkery Beacon, towards Horner, is a little steep for a short while, but soon picks up ‘Dicky’s Path’ where the path flattens out a little. The path winds its way through Hollow Combe, crossing a small stream (with a charming cascade) along Easter Hill, lined with heather and bracken. From here simply follow the path all the way back to Webber’s Post.
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