Bossington - Hurlstone Point - Bossington Hill

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We start our walk at Bossington. This is the quintessential tucked-away Somerset village, with colourful old thatched cottages aplenty and matching cottage gardens.

On leaving the village, the first leg of the walk is along the South West Coast Path, climbing gradually to Hurlstone Point. Here we visit the old coastguard station. It's an interesting building complete with battlements and you'd be forgiven for thinking it was a much earlier structure. However, the advent of radio made it surplus to requirements and it now serves only as a destination for walkers.

Now, the main ascent of the day begins, as we climb almost to the top of the National Trust's Bossington Hill. Here, the views across Porlock Bay and over this part of Somerset and Devon are superb. Keep an eye open for kestrel hovering in the updrafts and many different species of butterfly. There are plenty of seats here too, so take a picnic along with you.

All too soon, we descend through woodland back to Bossington, but it's a good opportunity to end the walk with a cream tea in the beautiful garden at Kitnor's Tea Room.

For a longer version of this walk, which also crosses Porlock Bay to Porlock Weir, see Walk 4879.

England - South West England - Somerset - Exmoor


Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, National Trust, Public Transport, Sea, Tea Shop, Toilets, Wildlife, Woodland
8/13/2009 - Wendy Adams

A wonderful walk with amazing scenery. However on a hot day in August the climb to the top of Bossington Hill was very strenuous and not to be done if you are not relatively fit.

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