Dunkery Beacon sits within Exmoor National Park. At 520 m (1,705 ft), it is the second highest point in southern England, outside of Dartmoor. The hill is located on an area of special importance as humans have visited the site since the Bronze Age. You can find several burial mounds in the form of cairns and bowl barrows in the surrounding area of the summit.
The hill was under private ownership until Thomas Acland donated it to the National Trust in 1935. The shortest route to reach the large cairn on the summit is via the car park located at Dunkery Gate. Views stretch across Devon, Somerset, and even across to Wales on a good day.
Would you like to take on the challenge of climbing the highest hill top in every county?
Log your progress by submitting field reports
and share your adventures.
|520 m (1,705 ft)
|SS 8914 4158