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Turn right out of this car park entrance past the church.
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Then as the road bends round to your left (just out of the picture), you continue ahead through this gate, keeping left at the first couple of junctions.
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Then go left again at this path crossroad to follow round the left hand side of Selworthy village green.
Selworthy can be traced back to the Domesday book and was rebuilt in the early 19th century to provide housing for the aged and infirm residents of the Holnicote estate by Sir Thomas Acland the estate owner. The estate is now owned and managed by the National Trust.
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Turn right here at the bottom by Ivy's cottage...
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...then left here in front of Beau cottage to follow the right hand edge of another green.
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Look out for and take these steps and a footbridge on your right and follow the woodland path ahead...
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...to continue ahead left on joining this more prominent track, following the signs for Bossington.
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Go left at this next junction.
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Then left again here and keep straight ahead at the next couple of junctions, still following the signs for Bossington.
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When you reach this point of multiple paths take the left hand path slightly downhill the other side of the seat in the picture.
You should be able to spot a small fountain on your right at this complex junction. Known as St Agnes fountain it is a natural spring designated as a Holy well dating back to medieval times, a shame it has in my opinion been spoilt by the rather basic man-made outlet.
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You now keep ahead to take this right hand fork after a wooden chicane; then continue ahead through the gate on the other side of a stream, to follow the left hand tree line and hedgerow that runs across a meadow.
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At the other side of the meadow bear left immediately after this gateway and follow the left hand boundary through a gate and down a set of steps (can be slippery in wet weather).
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You now follow the path and turn left at this junction.
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Continue ahead here along the right hand bank of the river following the coast path signs for Hurlstone Point. You have now joined the South West Coast Path the country's longest National Trail stretching around England's south west coastline for 1,014 km (630 miles) from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset.
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Keep to this main coast path taking the right hand fork here as it heads uphill away from the river, through a gate and straight past a junction to your right by Hurlstone trig point as you temporarily leave the South West Coast Path. Continue keeping straight on at the next 2 junctions and past the now derelict tower of Hurlstone Point Coastguard Station, which was built in 1900 and remained operational until the late 1980's.
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As you continue round the point, go right here to zigzag uphill.
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When you reach this ridge, go left.
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On joining this more prominent track, follow it right...
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...then go left at this track crossroads at the top of the valley, to rejoin the South West Coast Path towards Minehead and keep ahead at the next 3 junctions.
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Take the left hand fork here following the "acorn" National Trail sign, then continue ahead as you say goodbye to The South West Coast Path and pass a trig point and cairn on your left.
The trig point is Selworthy Beacon, one of the highest points on Exmoor with views of the Welsh coastline.
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Then take the right hand fork here to reach the road.
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Follow this road left.
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Shortly after the right hand bend you bear right along this bridleway towards Selworthy
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Then go right here..
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.. and right again at this crossroad, still following the signs towards Selworthy .
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At a left hand bend take this path straight ahead (can be boggy in places) past a path coming in from your left..
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..to bear left at this fork following the bridleway sign..
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..then right when you join this track, which you follow ahead to Selworthy .
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Here you turn left along the road past the church..
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..then go left here back up to the car park.
Before leaving why not have a look round the village and take advantage of the tea room for some post walk refreshments.