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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

Route Filmstrip & Description

Winsford Hill is one of the highest points on Exmoor with wonderful views. It is open moorland covered with heather and gorse and often breezy. This trail goes out to the rim of a steep valley known as the Punchbowl. There are no seats but there are a couple of trees one can 'perch' on and a low bank beside the track. There is a chance of seeing Exmoor ponies, red deer, buzzards and hearing lark and cuckoos.

Surveyed by: Exmoor National Park Authority Volunteer, June 2013 (Summer)
Accessibility Rating: 3More Information
Distance: 1.6 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: Small car park
Steps: One rough grassy step up 30 cms onto grassy bank at the end of the walk. Can be avoided by going along the road instead
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

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Small car park

CarPark Small car park

Rough area just before path right edge of car park. Can be muddy after rain.

Surface Rough area just before path right edge of car park. Can be muddy after rain.

Narrow 500mm gap in small bank at start of walk

Width Narrow 500mm gap in small bank at start of walk

Track can be rutted in places but wide (1m20) enough to walk around

Surface Track can be rutted in places but wide (1m20) enough to walk around

Keep left at small quarry / pond

Path Keep left at small quarry / pond

Pretty quarry with pond

View Pretty quarry with pond

Keep left down slope 15% - 20% (1:5-1:6)to join gravel track.

Path Keep left down slope 15% - 20% (1:5-1:6)to join gravel track.

Straight across at grassy crossroads through gap in reeds

Direction Straight across at grassy crossroads through gap in reeds

Gap in reeds can be muddy after rain. Track beyond has 7% (1:14) cross slope.

Surface Gap in reeds can be muddy after rain. Track beyond has 7% (1:14) cross slope.

Gravel track joins from right

Path Gravel track joins from right

Turn right down small bank, 44%, onto wide gravel track

Surface Turn right down small bank, 44%, onto wide gravel track

 

Path

View taken in April

View View taken in April

Grassy track joins from right.

Path Grassy track joins from right.

Exmoor pony grazing

View Exmoor pony grazing

 

View

Tree on left of track; possible perch on broken branch.

Seat Tree on left of track; possible perch on broken branch.

Tree just off right of track; possible perch

Seat Tree just off right of track; possible perch

 

Path

Perch on low, 50 cms, bank

Seat Perch on low, 50 cms, bank

Direction Grassy / gravel track continues round punchbowl

Path

Keep left up 11% (1:9)slope onto wide grassy track

Direction Keep left up 11% (1:9)slope onto wide grassy track

Keep left rejoining outward track

Direction Keep left rejoining outward track

Keep left. You can retrace your steps to right back to car park

Path Keep left. You can retrace your steps to right back to car park

Track joins road

Path Track joins road

Turn right using 30cm step up to track on top of bank. Alternatively can go along road back to car park

Step Turn right using 30cm step up to track on top of bank. Alternatively can go along road back to car park

Grassy path, 500mm wide, on top of bank by the road

Path Grassy path, 500mm wide, on top of bank by the road

Path

Winsford Hill - Punchbowl Phototrail

 

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