Aspects of Exmoor

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We would suggest that these notes are read in conjunction with
the Ordnance Survey Outdoor Leisure 9 Exmoor 1:25000 map.

Walk P8: Porlock-Bossington-Horner

Notes: Initially, this is a flat stroll from Porlock to Bossington through the fields, then a walk through the village to join further field paths to Horner returning to Porlock through the woods and along a country lane.

Distance: 4 miles.

Time: 1½ hours.

Start point: Porlock village centre. Park in one of the village car parks.

Directions: If starting from Doverhay car park at the Minehead end of the village, walk 50 yards towards the centre of the village and turn right into Sparkhayes Lane. If starting from the Central car park behind the fire station, walk to the far end of the car park, go through the gate, along the alley way bringing you out opposite the Post Office. Turn left, walk past the church and the entrance to Sparkhayes Lane is 50 yards further on the left.

Continue along Sparkhayes Lane, passing Furzeland Road and Parks View. 50 yards beyond the latter, turn up a set of stone steps which bring you into Bay Road. Continue along this road to its junction with Villes Lane and turn left onto a rough path.

Continue past a kissing gate on your left remaining on the hedged track and at the next right hand bend in the path, where there is a map board of the conservation area, turn onto a path cut through the hedge and through a kissing gate into a field. Follow the hedge on your right through three fields. At the end of the third, you reach a metal gate. Go through and follow the hedged path to a junction with a wide track at a point where a small stream crosses your path. This is Sea Lane, Bossington.

Turn right and follow the minor road through the village. At the triangle of roads at Bossington Green, stay with the left fork. You cross a bridge over Horner Water which brings you into the tiny hamlet of Lynch; you pass the Exmoor Falconry and Farm Park on your right and the entrance to Lynch Country House on your left and as the road narrows and swings to the right, watch for a kissing gate on the right signposted Horner and A39 road.

Follow the hedge on the left as it curves round. Go through the gate ahead of you and continue straight ahead through the next field. As you go along this section, there are fine views towards the hills. Go through the next gate and the right of way gradually heads towards the narrow strip of woodland on your right, bordering Horner Water. Go through a kissing gate with a yellow waymark and follow the track through the trees until you emerge through a gate out into the next field. Follow the right-hand hedge along to a gate leading onto the main A39.

Cross the bridge with care and go through the field gate on the opposite side of the road. The path goes straight ahead, paralleling the river to another field gate. Beyond this is a rough track which brings you out onto a country lane just by West Luccombe Farm. Continue straight on along the road, passing the camp site entrance and over the hump back bridge. After about a quarter of a mile, turn left into Horner car park entrance; if you walk through the car park to the far end there are toilets and through the narrow alleyway are the tea gardens.

Return through the car park and on reaching the road, turn left and within a few yards turn right onto a path leading you over a packhorse bridge and round to a crossing of tracks. Go straight ahead on the slightly rising path (which can often be muddy) reaching a gate after 4-5 minutes. Follow the fence which runs behind the Burrowhayes camp site and at a rough fork, stay with the left hand path which swings away from the fence. This track brings you out to a country lane just short of a T-junction. Go straight ahead following the Porlock signpost. The road leads past the water filter station, over a cattle grid and enters the village after descending a steep double bend; keep straight ahead to arrive in the village centre by the Doverhay car park.

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