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Selworthy Beacon
Selworthy Beacon from Porlock Weir.jpg
Selworthy Beacon from Porlock Weir
Highest point
Elevation 308 m (1,010 ft)
Prominence 193
Parent peak Dunkery Beacon
Geography
OS grid SS918479
Climbing
Easiest route Hike

Selworthy Beacon is a hill and Marilyn of Exmoor in Somerset, England. It lies within the boundaries of Exmoor National Park, to the north of the village of Selworthy and northwest of Minehead. A road leads to the top, where there is a National Trust plaque and a view of the south coast of Wales across the Bristol Channel. The South West Coast Path also climbs the hill and ends slightly shy of the summit.

Geography

Selworthy Beacon is located in northern Somerset in southwestern England, about 4 miles (6 km) northwest of Minehead, north of the village of Selworthy. Selworthy Beacon is one of three peaks in Somerset, the other two being Dunkery Beacon and Periton Hill. Its elevation is 1,013 feet (309 m). Behind the hill, there are precipitous cliffs. Selworthy Beacon is situated within the National Trust-owned Holnicote Estate. Nearby are the Macmillan Way, Coleridge Way, and a fourteenth-century tithe barn. A signposted walking route to the hill goes through a wooded area of Allerford and Holnicote Plantations, and is 2 miles (3 km) northeast of Porlock.

History

Geograph 1698017 Memorial cross in Allerford Plantation
Acland memorial cross
Geograph 1698088 Wind and Weather Hut
Wind and Weather Hut erected in 1878 by John Barton Arundel Acland for use by the Acland Family on Sunday walks

Near the summit are a series of cairns, thought to be the remains of round barrows, and the British Iron Age Bury Castle. The round cairns have been scheduled as an ancient monument. In the sixteenth century, Selworthy Beacon was (as its name implies) the site of a beacon to warn of impending invasions. The mausoleum of Sir Thomas Dyke Acland is located about 0.25 miles (400 m) from Selworthy Beacon.

Wildlife

Exmoor coastline is part of the Exmoor National Park (area 267 square miles (690 km2)) and Selworthy Beacon is on Exmoor’s stiff eastern slopes. It is approached from Porlock via Allerford. Typical coastal plants are present, such as Sea Campion and Thrift (Armeria maritima), as well as gorse and heather (Calluna vulgaris).

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