Dunkery Bridge to Snowdrop Valley
A short walk on the flanks of Dunkery Beacon in Exmoor National Park
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Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Start and Finish: Dunkery Bridge
None, though Weddon Cross isn’t far off the route.
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Summits and Places on this Route
- Dunkery Beacon (519 metres)
Dunkery Bridge to Snowdrop Valley Details
This is a short walk in Exmoor National Park from the Dunkery Bridge Car park. It’s an ideal winter walk, especially if you can visit while the snowdrops are in full bloom.
The route starts at Dunkery Bridge car park (Grid Reference SS896406) just north of cattle grid.
This walk follows public footpaths across fields so it is reasonable underfoot in winter, but has a wet section following the River Avill down Mansley Combe. Emerge onto a tarmac road at SS919398 and proceed down the hill to North Hawkwell wood entrance at the bottom (this is known locally as snowdrop valley and reputedly started by monks from nearby Dunster Castle).
Return up the road to the first turnoff on the right (its before the exit that brought you onto the road earlier) follow the public footpaths up through ford farm, North Combe and across the moor in a westerly direction, the southerly down the road to the car park.
Snowdrop valley is very popular locally and during February and the locals put on a bus to the valley as well as very short walks from Wheddon Cross for the more elderly. This walk approaches from the other direction and is more interesting.
At Wheddon Cross the early 19th century coaching inn, The Rest and be Thankful, does b&b and reasonable meals daily – 01643 841222