Name:Dunkery Beacon
Hill number:2889
Height:519.9m / 1706ft
SMC/RHB Section:41: South Central England
County (CoH):Somerset (CoH)
County (CoA):Somerset (CoA)
Topographical area:ES03 Dunkery-neck
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:105.9m  SS 7705 0263  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 181
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Survey:Abney level
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  • Somerset (1974) administrative county top
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4.3 mile walk from Porlock Post minor road junction. We followed the easy stony track up to the summit of Dunkery Beacon which we had previously bagged in 2010. We then followed the good track up to to Great Rowbarrow which we hadn't done before. Then followed a small path from the summit back to the outward route. 124m ascent. A few people about. Nice and sunny today but windy. Earlier that day we bagged Winsford Hill.DanTrig22/03/2024
Ascended from Horner Woods Carpark, via Webbers Postesartii17/03/2024
From Dunkery Gate to Dunkery Beacon. Good views to the snow covered Brecon Beacons. Across to Great Rowbarrow where I had a chat with a lovely lady. I headed northwest to the minor road then round the northern flanks of the hills to Dickys path and then back up to Dunkery Beacon and down to Dunkery Gate. Wildlife; Buzzard Crows, Red Deer, Stonechats, Great Tit. Tiny amount of snow on the NE Side of Dunkery. Time 3 hours for 6 miles.isabelle03/03/2024
From Great Rowbarrow, before returning to Dunkery Gaterfoster24/10/2023
With Jon.easy peazy.tallblond27/09/2023
Exmoor's 3 Marilyns. Parked in the long stay car park in Porlock (£5.50 all day card/cash). Out to Porlock's shingle beach ridge, along to the very end of the beach to fp ascending to SWCP, Bossington Hill, Selworthy Beacon (hazy views across to South Wales), Periton Hill, Dunkery Beacon and back via the small church at Stoke Pero. Good to see the complete conifer clearance and new broadleaf replanting by the NT in Doverhay Coombe - although it looks a little spartan now, give it 5 years or so to get going. Rain finally arrived on the approach to Dunkery Beacon along with the low cloud so no views. With Gillian.richard6927/07/2023
With Dad, Mum and EdieFreyaK16/04/2023
With Dad, Mum and FreyaEdieK16/04/2023
From parking by bridge at SS895405, a short distance N along road then NW up track to summit, then W 300m along track, turning ca SS887414 SW back to parking,. With JAS (55m)kdbennett21/03/2023
12 mile end to end from Dunster to Porlock over Periton Hill and Dunkery Beacon.JulieB02/03/2023
From Periton Hill via Wootton Courtenay. KeithByTheC02/03/2023
Blowing a gale with horizontal hail on the summit! Did a 10k walk, starting from the small carpark.SlopingOff22/02/2023
From the east. Sat in car untill the rain eased a little. Clear track to summit which was seen through the cloud when within 100m.cjo31/12/2022
Solo after orienteering Fidget11/12/2022
Straight up and down in poor visibility.Nicky C12/11/2022
With Vicky and Noajd1615/10/2022
From minor road over Dunkery Hill (Ref SS 904 419) Short walk to the Beacon and return.Westdenewalker24/09/2022
Family walk up to the summit from the high point of the road on Dunkery Hill. Time 50 minutes for 1.88 miles. Great views today Dartmoor and Pen y Fan very clear.isabelle28/08/2022
With E. From small car park by bridge over River Avill. Easy walk on good path up to summit. great views.Beeliner30/06/2022
From roadside parkingholtsd26/06/2022
Windy exposed summit with interesting rock feature on top and excellent viewsfreethehilltops04/06/2022
11.5 miles, Porlock, Dunkery, Horner's Wood circularClifford03/06/2022
Sunny day - but very windy!ParkerP196007/04/2022
part of circular walk from Webber post along Macmillan west way lovely views to wales etc but very coldiannotts17/03/2022
With family. Cool & breezy. From car park at Dunkery Gate. Onwards to Great Rowbarrow.millionmts31/08/2021
1 of 5 on 15 mile hike starting in a lay-by just past brockwell village. With chantelle. Marilyn no. 53The-Z-Man30/08/2021
Easy walk up from Dunkery Hillisabelle28/08/2021
After completing Brown Willy the day before, me and my cousin did Dunkery Beacon. The walk was full of insects flying everywhere in the purple bog during the morning. Reached the summit during midday and climbed the Beacon. Great views of Exmoor.DavidHiner26/08/2021
Dewey Walk: Great Rowbarrow then Dewey Dunkery Beacon from the minor road to the north. 4.5km with 90m ascent. 1 hour there and back. (S)silveracorn_alan03/08/2021
On the South West Coast 2 Coast 100k.Nab Scar24/07/2021
Touring north Somerset with Carol and the dogs. Parked at Dunkery Gate carpark on a very hot afternoon. Walked up obvious track to the trig. Excellent all-round views. Distance approx 1,210 yards, ascent approx 416 feet.Skip21/07/2021
From Horner via Horner Water, flank of Ley Hill, Tarr Ball and Great Rowbarrow. Descent down Robin How to Webber's Post.deknyff21/07/2021
from car park to eastunderhill10/07/2021
nice walk from one of the carparks, back a slightly different routeadriane02/07/2021
From the northern carpark a simple bridleway to follow to the summit.Aristotle Chip29/06/2021
From Dunkery Gate via Rowbarrows whiskybottle09/06/2021
From carpart for sunset whiskybottle08/06/2021
With RobJbratt9505/06/2021
Gt Rowbarrow + Dunkery Beacon from Dunkery Gate CPCrib Goch25/05/2021
Quick loop from Webbers Post car park taking in Dunkery Beacon and the underlying waterfall.peter_tun01/05/2021
Parked at main car park, short walk up.Stevooo23/04/2021
Minehead - Selworthy Beacon - Knowle Top - Dunkery Beacon - Periton Hill - Minehead.Mark Jackson10/04/2021
great spot to catch the sunset after a tour of north Exmoor.richardrosser08/12/2020
Anti-clockwise from Wheddon Cross, sunny but breezymrmjrowley27/10/2020
Dunkery and Great Barrow walkjarmin4518/10/2020
Could have parked nearby, but the highest point in Exmoor and Somerset deserved a proper walk. Set out from Webber’s Post view point, heading south to Easter Hill and series of lovely forded coombes. Picked up Dicky’s path, then at the enclosures turn up to the summit. Back by Macmillian Way West to Dunkery Hill taking in massive loose piled stone cairns of Robin How and Joaney How. Indestinct path over Luscombe Hill to Dunster Path for final return. With Tiarnán, last of four bags.Pete West09/10/2020
County Top No.3 after a COVID enforced break - 15 months since High Wilhays. Walked from Exford over fields and streams and up tracks, via Luckwell Bridge. Up to Dunkery Beacon as the drizzle finally stopped. Views opened up across the hills to the Bristol Channel and Wales beyond. Walked back along the ridge to Great Rowbarrow then back down to Exford and a well deserved pint in the White Horse.pclyndes03/09/2020
Climbed solo from Car Park on minor road to the East. Easy walk along Macmillan Way through heather moorland to the summit of Dunkery Beacon. Continued along the ridge to the ancient cairns on Great Rowbarrow. Return back along Macmillan Way to the car, revisiting Dunkery Beacon. Foggy weather with no visibility or views (though calm, mostly dry and mild).jamessteel10014/08/2020
Walked directly to the summit from the car park at SS904419 then took a longer route back taking a path NW before walking up the road. Very hot, sunny day. With eldest son (17).clyoung07/08/2020