Landscape Photo
Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

Conygar Wood circuit explores an area of woodland above Dunster and visits two follies built by the Luttrell family in the 18th Century.

Surveyed by: Exmoor National Park Authority Volunteer, September 2015 (Autumn)
Accessibility Rating: 5More Information
Distance: 1.7 km

Public Transport: Several bus routes visit Dunster making it accessible from Minehead, Taunton and Tiverton.
Car Park: There is a large car park off the A396 and another in the grounds of Dunster Castle, a National Trust property.
Steps: There are two areas with steps giving a total of about 20 to be negotiated. The height is varied with a maximum of 30cm.
Barriers: No
Toilets: Public toilets next to the main car park.

Full Profile

The entry to the main car park in Dunster is from the A396 close to the junction with the A39.

CarPark The entry to the main car park in Dunster is from the A396 close to the junction with the A39.

Path

The car park is large but can be busy at peak times.

CarPark The car park is large but can be busy at peak times.

Path

The route leaves the car park from the south (close to the public conveniences) and heads towards the National Park Information Centre.

Start The route leaves the car park from the south (close to the public conveniences) and heads towards the National Park Information Centre.

50m past the Centre, the A396 (a busy main road) is crossed.

Path 50m past the Centre, the A396 (a busy main road) is crossed.

There are two smaller tarmac roads but the route takes a path between these.  From this point, the circuit is clearly signposted with green waymarks.

Path There are two smaller tarmac roads but the route takes a path between these. From this point, the circuit is clearly signposted with green waymarks.

A narrow footpath (1m) runs alongside a hedge and climbs gently.  After 100m, there is a kissing gate (60cm clearance).

Width A narrow footpath (1m) runs alongside a hedge and climbs gently. After 100m, there is a kissing gate (60cm clearance).

 

Path

Shortly after the gate, at a T junction, the route turns right (downhill at first).

Path Shortly after the gate, at a T junction, the route turns right (downhill at first).

 

Path

The path levels out and passes a rifle range on the left.

Path The path levels out and passes a rifle range on the left.

Path

Just over 300m from the signpost, there is a clearing where, at the moment, there are stacked logs.

Path Just over 300m from the signpost, there is a clearing where, at the moment, there are stacked logs.

At the end of the clearing there is a fork.  The circuit takes the track to the left and begins to climb (30%).

Path At the end of the clearing there is a fork. The circuit takes the track to the left and begins to climb (30%).

Near the top of this section, there is a seat.  The track swings to the left after this.

Seat Near the top of this section, there is a seat. The track swings to the left after this.

Path

After a further 100m, there is a junction where a left turn is taken (still climbing).

Path After a further 100m, there is a junction where a left turn is taken (still climbing).

A fallen tree is easily bypassed.

Path A fallen tree is easily bypassed.

The track turns right as it approaches a man-made structure known as the Arches.  This was built in the 18th Century to enhance the Luttrell (Dunster Castle) estate.

Feature of Interest The track turns right as it approaches a man-made structure known as the Arches. This was built in the 18th Century to enhance the Luttrell (Dunster Castle) estate.

Close to the ruins, there is a board displaying QR codes for poems by local school children.

Path Close to the ruins, there is a board displaying QR codes for poems by local school children.

 

Path

Leaving the ruins, the route climbs steeply up a series of 18 steps (maximum height 30cm).

Path Leaving the ruins, the route climbs steeply up a series of 18 steps (maximum height 30cm).

 

Path

From the top of the steps, the path is narrow and has some exposed roots.  There are four further steps (two down, two up).

Path From the top of the steps, the path is narrow and has some exposed roots. There are four further steps (two down, two up).

 

Path

In 150m, there is a junction where a better path is encountered.  The circuit goes straight ahead towards Conygar Tower (signposted).

Path In 150m, there is a junction where a better path is encountered. The circuit goes straight ahead towards Conygar Tower (signposted).

 

Path

Conygar Tower is another folly built for the Luttrell estate in  18th Century.  The tower is hollow but gives good all round views.

Feature of Interest Conygar Tower is another folly built for the Luttrell estate in 18th Century. The tower is hollow but gives good all round views.

 

Information

The circuit continues by retracing the path to the signposted junction and then turning left.

Path The circuit continues by retracing the path to the signposted junction and then turning left.

A good track leads downhill and is quite steep (30%) in places.

Path A good track leads downhill and is quite steep (30%) in places.

Path

Pausing at a seat gives a good view of Dunster below.

Seat Pausing at a seat gives a good view of Dunster below.

 

Path

In another 150m, the trail turns right as it joins the initial path from Dunster and passes through the kissing gate again as it returns to the main road.

Path In another 150m, the trail turns right as it joins the initial path from Dunster and passes through the kissing gate again as it returns to the main road.

The A396 has to be crossed carefully as the route turns left.

Path The A396 has to be crossed carefully as the route turns left.

Passing the Information Centre and shops leads back to the car park.

Path Passing the Information Centre and shops leads back to the car park.

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Visitor Centre
Water  Sports Centre
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