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Name:Dunkery Beacon
Hill number:2889
Height:519m / 1703ft
RHB Section:41: South Central England
County/UA:Somerset (CoU)
County (CoH):Somerset (CoH)
County (CoA):Somerset (CoA)
Hill area:Exmoor
Watershed:Land's End to John o' Groats, Land's End to Dover, The Lizard to Dunnet Head
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Dewey, Historic County Top,
Current County/UA Top, Administrative County Top, Clem
Grid ref:SS 89150 41596
Summit feature:large cairn
Col:105m  SS769025  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 181
(1:25k) OL9E
Survey:Abney level
GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill
  • Somerset (1974) administrative county top
  • Somerset historic county top
  • Somerset current county/UA top

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From Cloutsham north to Dunkery Beacon, west to Great Barrow and then NW to Lang Combe Head. Continued NW over Wilmersham Common to lane, NNE along lane and then SE to Dady Combe and NE to Stoke Ridge to follow lane back to Cloutsham. 7.08miles; 1307ft ascent.Howards16/04/2020
parking for 14 cars just off the road, 20 mins walk to the top, misty day so couldnt see any of the views.Sihuws17/11/2019
Dunkery Beacon from GR: SS 89571 40631ronaldo33319/10/2019
Dunkery Beacon from GR: SS 89571 40631Hippster19/10/2019
From CP up straight FP to top.bevandy11429/08/2019
Extreme rain and wind. Could hardly stand. We went back later in the year and the day was beautiful and we could see Weston-super-mare and Cardiff.bcronin195910/08/2019
Easy short walk up and back from the car park.fosal2913/07/2019
Route: Wheddon Cross – West Hawkwell Farm – Blagdon Wood – Dunkery Errish – Dunkery Beacon – East Water Valley – Horner Water. Stats: 5hrs33, 12.3km, 506m ascent. Weather: very hot & sunny. Notes: Expedition Challenge Training – day one; camped in Horner Water overnight.millionmts09/07/2019
From highpoint ENE parking. Short walk on bridalway to summit, very cold strong wind blue sky. Probably repeat visit from childhood holiday, Marilyn 5/7N.Morters27/04/2019
Up and down on a very windy day from Dunkery Gate.NormanW10/02/2019
From the east, plenty parking. High cloud, mild, calm good views.iangalbraith06/01/2019
Quick stomp up from the car park to the east. Absolutely amazing views despite some light cloud!jkl31/12/2018
With Katy. Sunny great views.George Thompson25/09/2018
Via path along ridge from road to the east.Winterfloodian17/09/2018
Dunkery Hill - DUNKERY BEACON - Great Rowbarrow - rtn. With Annacitygent13/08/2018
Brisk twilight ascent from road HP.Topographer5708/08/2018
Parked on lane near Kit Barrow cairns - main track to summit nice beacon (but surely the National Trust could have maintained or relocated the Trig point - it too is part of our peculiar history) - along ridge picking up lane near Porlock Post - Took track crossing Bagley Combe - Sweetworthy Combe - Aller Combe - kept above Hollow Combe - then back up hill to car. Last hill of the break now Manchester bound.briandavies30/07/2018
From car park to East.Ham and Skate25/07/2018
From near Allerford on A39 took minor road S towards Dunkery Beacon. Parked at CP at 904419 close by main path. Headed for 1.3Km. along ridge to Dunkery Beacon. Return by same way. Third Marilyn today, with Sue and Meg.Dartmoorman23/07/2018
MC from east in mist.Martin6619/06/2018
sunny day and lovely views.gettingonabit23/05/2018
Park on the road easy track to summitjmistry8616/04/2018
A quick out and back from the parking area to the South. Walked up with Mum and 2 children. Weather was sunny breezy and coolish. Reasonable views. Still a bit of snow behind field boundaries. Saw first Swallows of the year and a vocal Meadow Pipit. 1.5 miles in 40 minutes.isabelle03/04/2018
A foul afternoon, so a quick out and back from the road summit, to complete SW England.Gill27/01/2018
Quick run up to the summit and back. Large flock of Golden Plover. Saw another runner 1.7 miles in 19 minutes.isabelle04/12/2017
3/8M good path from the east cp.robertphillips08/11/2017
3 hills of Somerset runbenwloudon24/10/2017
Easy walk from parking to the eastLongwojo13/10/2017
From Brockwell. Parked at a small carpark just past Brockwell farm and then joined the footpath initially through an ancient woodland and then onto the open ridge to the summit.Peterb30/09/2017
Nice family walk to the summit to round off a lovely day in Exmoor National Park! Ascended from the western side, enjoyed the views but didn't linger long on top as it was quite blustery, my young daughter was feeling cold and we were ready for some hearty pub grub!Gerry the Ranger23/09/2017
Easy walk from the parking, Weather was good though an hour before had limited visibility, so went off and can back Poppy the collie only a week post knee op so I towed her up in the luxury of her wagon, added a bit of effort to the walk, Hopefully she will be walking soon The first of my planned 50 Marilyn’s in a yearSossick08/09/2017
Short climb up from Dunkery Bridge - very boggy off main track. Lovely view from top. Good pubs in Dunster.mcf05/09/2017
A nice easy stroll up from Dunkery Bridge car park. Good time of year to do this one with the heather and gorse in flower adding a splash of colour here and there. Great views from the top.The Gardener04/08/2017
County top reached from Dunkery gate car park. Took the wrong path to start with but eventually found one that went to the top. Wet and windy day with no view will have to come back on a better day. 30 mins there and back.WAYNE ROWLETT21/07/2017
With CPgarth8702/07/2017
Excellent parking to the east at 456m. Good, mostly hard surfaced, track all the way to the summit. 3kms return. 91m ascent. 40 minutes return.moorsman26/06/2017
For those of us without a car this hill is not straightforward. I used the infrequent bus from Dunster to Wheddon Cross and then followed the superb bridleways through the forests to Dunkery Bridge from where the walk is straightforward. After a detour to Gt Rowbarrow, I then walked to Wooton Courtenay on the hottest day since 1976, and then over Periton Hill and down to the front in Minehead to catch a bus back.The walk from Wheddon Cross is highly recommended.trimarc221/06/2017
Solo. From Great Rowbarrow then back to van at Dunkery Gate.Dangerous Dave09/06/2017
Done with Shaky on a warm but hazy day from Minehead going over Periton Hill first & then through Wootton Courtenay & Brockwell following the Macmillan Way all the way to the summit. Probably a good viewpoint but it was too hazy to see much. Then reversed the whole route back to Minehead by which point Shaky's dodgy knees were in full retreat.NotReallyABagger06/05/2017
From the parking area to the east, west along the track, up to the summit cairnMariana Trench22/04/2017
Both of usTonyandsue10/04/2017
Easiest ascent. Just nipped along main path. Hardly any ascent.hlpahamp24/02/2017
6/7 Marilyns today. Followed McMillan Way West from high point on road to summit. Just about dry enough for the trainers!SS04/02/2017
Highest point of Somerset and Exmoor, also the only Dewey of this trip. parking in Dunkery Gate car park (SS 89565 40618) from where summit is visible, easy walk to summit up very well trodden path. No sign of trig point probably on site of toposcope. Obvious summit solidly built cairn on tumulus NNW of toposcope. Returned by same route. Could/should have made it a circular route and bagged sub-Dewey Great Rowbarrow approx 1.6km along ridge to the west.SteveSmith20/12/2016
Swift up and back from the car park to the east.squeegs27/10/2016
Ran as part of the Exmoor Stagger. From Wootton Courtenay, past Webber's Post and up the north side.bentimmo23/10/2016
In lovely weather from parking area to south.Alan Caine26/08/2016
A five mile circuit from a carpark to the north of the hill taking in Dunkery Beacon and the cairns on Dunkery Hill. With Keith and baby Ross.islamidget27/07/2016
TD, C and HThis Dog21/07/2016