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Dunkery Bridge to Snowdrop Valley

By Mike Durrans   

on March 1, 2018    2/5 (1)

Posted as a walk in – England, Europe, Exmoor National Park

Dunkery Bridge to Snowdrop Valley

Further Details

Route Summary:

A short walk on the flanks of Dunkery Beacon in Exmoor National Park

Route Start Location: Dunkery Bridge

0 km 0 m 2.5 hours

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Activivity Type: Easy Moderate Walk

Summits and Places on this Route


None, though Weddon Cross isn’t far off the route.


Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Parking : TA24 7AT

Dunkery Beacon Parking

Public Transport:

Seasonal Snowdrop Valley Park and Ride – January / February. Follow link for details.

Traveline for UK Public Transport

Recommended Maps


Dunkery Bridge to Snowdrop Valley Ordnance Survey Map and GPX File Download

Download file for GPS

Dunkery Bridge to Snowdrop Valley

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

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