Hurlstone Point, Selworthy, Exmoor, Somerset
Hurlstone Point is a colossal headland that juts out into the sea between Porlock and Minehead in Exmoor National Park. You can walk there by following footpaths and part of the South West Coast Path from Minehead, if you’re feeling adventurous (8.5 mile loop), or Bossington for a shorter walk (3.2miles); the only thing is, make sure the weather is decent as walking at Hurlstone Point in rain, wind and mist is not advised!
Assuming the sun is shining at least a little bit, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular scenery; woodlands and wide open farmland, and phenomenal coastal views. You’ll know you’re nearing Hurlstone Point when you see the huge rocks in the sea and it all gets very steep sided; keep following the narrow path that twists and turns through gorse and bracken till you reach the summit where sea thrift grows among the craggy grey rocks and the views on a clear day, stretch across the Bristol Channel to Wales. The vistas out over Porlock Bay and across Somerset and Devon are incredible – you can literally see for miles.
At Hurlstone Point are the ruins of a coastal lookout station, built in 1902 and used until just after the Second World War; it somehow adds an air of intrigue and romance, all a bit Poldarky, albeit in Somerset and not Cornwall. Find a peaceful spot to stop for a picnic lunch and a breather; you might even have the pleasure of watching rock climbers who’ve come to scale the sheer cliffs, as they do. Otherwise stroll down to Bossington Beach for your sarnies, or wander up to Kitnor’s Tea Rooms and tuck into a hearty cream tea.
All information correct at the time of writing