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National Trust – Dunkery Beacon

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We are committed to helping the Charity sector through both: volunteering our team services, plus a substantial multi-decade annual financial donation to the local National Trust, Holnicote Estate. 

Our work with the National Trust enabled us to support a very unique opportunity, to repair Dunkery Beacon, the highest point in Exmoor National Park, at 520m above sea level. Dunkery Beacon on Exmoor was in need of renovation so we volunteered our time, expertise and equipment to repoint this iconic Bronze Age cairn, complying with a strict eco-sensitive methodology.

The Cairn which sits on the top of a Bronze Age burial mound was repaired by our directors and their teams here at Tregenna Properties. The team Re-pointed the cairn using lime mortar and traditional techniques.

The site has been visited by humans since the Bronze Age and contains several burial mounds in the form of Cairns and bowl barrows. Sweetworthy on the lower slopes is the site of two Iron Age hill forts or enclosures and a deserted medieval settlement. The hill is part of a ‘Site of Specific Scientific Interest’ and National Nature Reserve. It was in private ownership until the 20th Century, when it was donated to the National Trust by Sir Thomas Acland, Colonel Wiggin and Allan Hughes; a stone cairn was erected at the summit to commemorate the event.

It is a wonderful viewpoint on a clear day, you can see across Devon as far as Dartmoor in the south, the Mendips and Quantock Hills to the east, Wales and the Bristol Channel to the north and the Patchwork quilt of North Devon and Hartland Point to the East. You can reach it from a small road from Wheddon Cross towards Porlock, parking at Dunkery Gate car park. Then follow the footpath 0.6 miles to the top.

Why not take a picnic with you and position yourself on the sheltered lee slope with a guaranteed wonderful panorama.