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Best Dunster Walks

Walking through history
Select Your WalkWalk 1 (4.5 miles)Walk 2 (4 miles)
 Bat's CastleOld Deer Park

The historic & picturesque village of Dunster on the edge of Exmoor & the Quantocks makes an ideal centre for walkers.

Name means Dun's Tor (rock) .

Point of InterestPay & Display, Dunster Steep
parkingSATNAV Postcode:TA24 6AS


Point of InterestWhat to explore?
  • Dunster Castle dating back to 11th century
  • Dunster Tithe Barn (14th century)
  • Gallox Bridge (13th century)
  • Deer Park (13th century)
  • Bat's Castle (Iron age hill fort)
Foresters Arms, The Stags Head Inn
More Exmoor Walks

Walk 1 Dunster to Bat's Castle (4.5 miles)

A delightful woodland walk which takes in Bat's Castle, an iton age hill fort, and an old deer park.


From the car park take the footpath to the village and into Castle Hill. Turn left into West Street then first left into Mill Lane.

Crossing the river Avil using Gallox Bridge, a medieval pack-horse bridge.

It is hard to imagine that once the people of Dunsford villagers could sail their small boats into the Bristol Channel!

Gallox Bridge
Gallox Bridge

The walk enters the old Dunster deer park at Park Gate and turns right into a bridle path through Gallox Wood .

Continue until you reach a country lane; turn left then left again along a stream.

At Withycombe Gate turn left joining the Macmillan Way West . This trail cuts through Bat's Castle , an impressive old Iron-age settlement which later may have been occupied by the Romans - Roman artifacts were found along the coast road nearby.

After 0.3 of a mile turn right, following the Mac Millan West trail to descend back into Dunster.

4.5 miles
2 hr

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Dunster walk 1

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Map of Dunster

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 Walks near Dunster: 

Walk 2 Dunster to Old Deer Park (4.0 miles)



This popular walk takes you past Gallox Hill Fort and Bat's Castle then returns via an old Deer Park.

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Dunster walk 2

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