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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

This is a short trail in Dunster Forest which passes the tallest tree in England.

Surveyed by: Exmoor National Park Authority Volunteer, May 2013 (Spring)
Accessibility Rating: 1More Information
Distance: 0.4 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: There are reserved (Blue Badge) spaces for three cars close to the trail
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

Full Profile

The trail is close to Dunster.  Follow the A396 south for 1km and turn left onto a minor road signposted to Luxborough.  After 600m, there is a junction at Bonninton cottage.  Taking the left fork leads to accessible parking spaces at the start of the trail.  (The right fork leads to a large car park at Nutcombe Bottom from which the trail is reached by a short walk, signposted, along a good track.)

Start The trail is close to Dunster. Follow the A396 south for 1km and turn left onto a minor road signposted to Luxborough. After 600m, there is a junction at Bonninton cottage. Taking the left fork leads to accessible parking spaces at the start of the trail. (The right fork leads to a large car park at Nutcombe Bottom from which the trail is reached by a short walk, signposted, along a good track.)

The three parking spaces are very close to the start of the trail.

Blue Badge parking bays The three parking spaces are very close to the start of the trail.

There is an information board for the trail close to the car park.

Information There is an information board for the trail close to the car park.

The path is 2m wide for most of its length and has a good, hard surface.

Path The path is 2m wide for most of its length and has a good, hard surface.

The path goes through woodland close to a stream.

Path The path goes through woodland close to a stream.

There is a gradual rise along the length of the track with a maximum gradient of 11%.

Path There is a gradual rise along the length of the track with a maximum gradient of 11%.

There is a 2m high board on the left of the path from which it is possible to measure the height of the tallest tree - a Douglas Fir.

Information There is a 2m high board on the left of the path from which it is possible to measure the height of the tallest tree - a Douglas Fir.

Several bridges cross the stream.  Each is engraved with a 'quotation'.

Path Several bridges cross the stream. Each is engraved with a 'quotation'.

Beside the path, there are a number of informative plaques.  These are sloped on top of a 0.5m post.
  This one gives details of the tallest tree which stands close by.

Information Beside the path, there are a number of informative plaques. These are sloped on top of a 0.5m post. This one gives details of the tallest tree which stands close by.

The tallest tree is protected by a low fence.

Feature of Interest The tallest tree is protected by a low fence.

The path continues to rise gently.

Path The path continues to rise gently.

There is a seat beside the path after 120m.

Seat There is a seat beside the path after 120m.

And then another wooden bridge.

Path And then another wooden bridge.

Followed by a short section of track.

Path Followed by a short section of track.

Until the path divides.

Path Until the path divides.

At this junction, more information has been carved into a section of tree trunk.  This explains how tree rings show the aging of a tree.

Information At this junction, more information has been carved into a section of tree trunk. This explains how tree rings show the aging of a tree.

The left hand track continues.

Path The left hand track continues.

There is another information plaque.

Information There is another information plaque.

The next bridge, like all the others, is 1.15m wide at the base.

Width The next bridge, like all the others, is 1.15m wide at the base.

Just past this bridge there is a grassy seating area.

Seat Just past this bridge there is a grassy seating area.

Here, another beautifully carved information board describes other tall trees.

Information Here, another beautifully carved information board describes other tall trees.

From the seating area, the path swings round to return to the junction.

Path From the seating area, the path swings round to return to the junction.

Over another bridge.

Path Over another bridge.

And gently returns along the path to the start.

Path And gently returns along the path to the start.

Giving a chance to read the plaques that you may have missed on the way out.

Information Giving a chance to read the plaques that you may have missed on the way out.

 

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Vertical Profile

This is an approximate vertical profile with samples taken at 100m intervals along the trail.

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