Minehead - North Hills, Selworthy Beacon and Woodcombe

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North Hill overlooks Minehead, with superb views across the Bristol Channel. Moor Wood on North Hill is part of a five-mile-long ridge running between Minehead in the east and Bossington in the west. The area's main habitat is the rare coastal heath that is dominated by plants such as bell-heather, ling, western gorse and bracken. The heath supports unusual birds such as nightjar and Dartford warbler, as well as the more common stonechat. Other Exmoor wildlife found here includes red deer, common lizard and the elusive adder. North Hill rises above the town, 900 feet from the sea. It can be seen for miles around and is just as distinctive a landmark today as it was before the town came into existence. From 1890 to World War I, the hill was used for military volunteer camps and the camp reservoir remains. British, Canadian and American troops used the whole ridge for tank training between 1942 and 1945. If you look very closely, you might see concrete roads and the grassy mounds of gun emplacements.

England - South West England - Somerset - Countryside


Birds, Butterflies, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Sea, Wildlife, Woodland
4/3/2013 - Roy Davenport

Walked 26/03/13 - Directions all ok

4/28/2012 - Roy Davenport

Reference Jane Bouttell's comment. The camping site does exist and advertises on google today as 60 pitches with sea views open this year until 24th September. There is a sign beside the entrance gate on your right. Set you satnav to TA24 5LB, Hill Road, North Hills, for the site and then continue onwards. I will elaborate a little more on access information.

4/28/2012 - Jane Bouttell

This walk was very good.

3/31/2012 - Walkingworld Admin

Roy Davenport reports that he completed this walk in March 2012 and found no problems.

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