Bossington, Exmoor National Park

Bossington, Exmoor National Park
  • Much photographed Exmoor hamlet in a stunning location by the coastline of Porlock Bay in the eastern section of Exmoor National Park. Bossington Beach is north and west. Bossington Hill rises to the east
  • One of a number of beautiful villages and hamlets arcing around Bossington Hill and Selworthy Beacon. Visit Bossington, Lynch, Allerford and Selworthy. Porlock and Porlock Weir are also nearby
  • Visit the Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre in Lynch and Allerford Museum/West Somerset Rural Life Museum and Victorian School in Allerford
  • Enjoy a cream tea at Kitnors Tea Room and Garden
  • Walk off that cream team by heading up to the top of Bossington Hill or following a stretch of the South West Coast Path which is glorious in both directions
  • Main photo: the view down to Bossington, Bossington Hill, Bossington Beach and Porlock Bay from Dunkery Hill near Exmoor's highest point Dunkery Beacon


Where is Bossington in Exmoor National Park

Bossington is in an arc of beautiful villages and hamlets at the eastern end of the coastal section of Exmoor National Park. It sits behind Bossington Beach and below Bossington Hill at the eastern end of Porlock Bay. Minehead is to the east. Porlock and Porlock Weir are to the west.


Directions to Bossington

The A39 runs across Exmoor close to the coast. It's the National Park's main east/west route. Bossington is located just off the A39. If you're coming from Mid Devon, use one of the main north/south routes, such as the A396, to connect with the A39. We'd also recommend the moorland road that drops down from Dunkery Hill to Webber's Post and then the A39.

We've positioned Bossington on Google maps. Zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location.


Parking at Bossington

There's a reasonably large car parking area in the village across the road from Kitnors Tea Room and Garden.


Why holiday or weekend break in Bossington?

To help you choose Bossington, we've listed some of the local attractions below.


Bossington Cottages

Wander through the village and photograph Bossington Cottages.

The 'lime washed cottages in their cream and brown livery are owned by and maintained by the National Trust. The majority of these, like Kitnors and Tudor Cottage, are late medieval (14th and 15th century), and none are later than 17th century. Built in sandstone and cob and sometimes rendered, many boast a rounded bread oven and a distinctive tall chimney'. (Source: the National Trust Bossington & Coastline Walk leaflet available at the National Trust shop in Selworthy)

Tall chimneys are a feature or the cottages in the villages and hamlets in this part of Exmoor. They were designed to keep sparks away from the thatched roofs. For example, you'll see similar architecture in nearby Allerford and Selworthy.


Kitnors Tea Room and Garden

Enjoy a cream tea in Kitnors Tea Room and Garden which is located across the road from the main car park.


Bossington Beach

Follow the waymarked path to Bossington Beach. It's a short walk to the pebble beach which is at the eastern end of Porlock Bay. Hurlstone Point is to the north east. The pebbles fringe the coast all the way to Porlock Beach and beyond Porlock Weir.

Look out for old lime kilns and a WW2 pillbox at the beach. There's a former coastguard cottage at Hurlstone Point.

Porlock Shingle Ridge runs along the back of the beach but was breached by the sea so if you want to walk to Porlock Weir then use the South West Coast Path that runs across Sparkhayes Marsh (National Trust).

If you want a sandy beach, head east to Minehead. It's a family favourite. At low tide, Minehead Beach is huge. Dunster Beach is east of that.


Bossington Hill and Selworthy Beacon

One of the best things about Bossington are the views from Bossington Hill and Selworthy Beacon.

Various paths rise to the top of Bossington Hill. Try following the South West Coast Path. This takes you in the direction of Hurlstone Point and then cuts back on itself in Hurlstone Combe. On top of Bossington Hill, on a clear day, you see Porlock Bay with its pebble beaches, ridge and marsh, Porlock Weir and heavily wooded cliffs that lead to Foreland Point and its lighthouse neat Lynmouth and Lynton.

Continue from Bossington Hill to Selworthy Beacon for views of Exmoor's highest ground at Dunkery Beach and the Welsh coastline across the Bristol Channel.


Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre

Visit the Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre just down the road from Bossington in West Lynch. Watch the flying display and discover the wildlife garden. Enjoy a cream tea if you didn't treat yourself to one at Kitnors Tea Room and Garden.



Head a little further south east and you come to the beautiful village Allerford.

Photograph the pretty 15th century packhorse bridge and spend some time at Allerford Museum West Somerset Rural Life Museum and Victorian School to discover more about the local area. There's a small car park opposite the museum. It's also a pleasant walk from Bossington.



Selworthy is one of the most photographed villages in the Westcountry. Wander around Selworthy Green (National Trust) and treat yourself to another cream tea at Periwinkle Tea Room (National Trust). There are super views of Dunkery Hill and Dunkery Beacon from the car park at Selworthy.

We'd recommend following the footpath from Selworthy, past Bury Castle Iron Age enclosure, to the Memorial Hut commemorating Sir Thomas Dyke Acland and then the top of Bossington Hill and Selworthy Beacon. Beautiful woodland walk with massive views up top.


Porlock Bay and Porlock Vale

Visit Porlock and Porlock Weir which are to the west of Allerford. Explore Porlock Bay and Porlock Vale.

We'd recommend a drink at Porlock Weir The Ship Inn.


Bossington South West Coast Path walks

The South West Coast Path runs through Bossington.

Walk east and the path rises to Bossington Hill, Selworthy Beacon and then North Hill before dropping down to the start/end of the South West Coast Path in Minehead.

Head west and you cross the salt marsh behind Porlock Shingle Ridge to Porlock Weir. The path then climbs into a stretch of heavily wooded cliffs before Culbone and its famous church.


Holnicote Estate including Dunkery and Horner Wood National Nature Reserve and Dunkery Beacon

Holnicote Estate is 'one of the largest and most diverse countryside properties owned and managed by the National Trust. The 5026 hectare estate gives you the opportunity to discover picturesque villages, woodland, farmland, moorland coastline, archaeological sites and a wide array of wildlife, including many species that are rare in the UK. Most of the estate can be explored using more that 240km of bridleways and footpaths.' (Source: information board at Selworthy)

We'd recommend following the moorland road that climbs to Webber's Post and Dunkery Hill. Walk to Dunkery Beacon which is the highest point in Exmoor National Park. There are huge panoramic views. It's particularly impressive in late summer when the heather's out.


Dunster and Minehead

Dunster is one of Exmoor National Park's most popular villages. It sits on the eastern border of the National Park just east of Bossington via the A39. Visit Dunster Castle (National Trust) and Dunster Yarn Market, Butter Cross and Gallox Bridge (English Heritage). The Tallest Tree In England is situated in Dunster Estate!

Minehead lines the eastern border is a famous English seaside town. Enjoy the big, sand beach or take a trip on the West Somerset Railway. Note that the South West Coast Path starts/ends in Minehead. See the South West Coast Path Start/End Sculpture.