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Selworthy and Exmoor

Selworthy is part of the National Trust’s Holnicote Estate, set in Exmoor, and its whitewashed thatched cottages cluster round the Green overlooking the Vale of Porlock and Dunkery Beacon, the highest point in the West of England. Periwinkle Cottage offers some of the finest teas on the whole of Exmoor.

Selworthy is situated 2 miles from Porlock, which has plenty of individual shops and restaurants as well as its infamous Hill, and 4 miles from Minehead, which offers a wide sandy beach and Butlin’s Somerwest World.

This is a walker’s (and dog’s) heaven, with direct access to Holnicote Estate, wooded walks, the coastal path, miles of moorland, and the Vale of Porlock – a designated site of Special Scientific Interest. Across the valley, Dunkery and Horner Woods have some of the rarest lichens in the country and no less than fourteen species of bats.

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This is also good riding country, with several local stables offering ponies for hire. Sea angling trips are available in Minehead, or you can dangle a mackerel line off Porlock Weir. There are pretty villages in all directions, with cream teas and homemade cakes offered at every opportunity.

Dunster Castle is only a few miles away, as is the ancient port of Watchet, and across the moors you can visit Lynton and Lynmouth, linked by the cliff railway.

Selworthy is ideally placed for day trips exploring Devon, Dorset – and, of course, the rest of Somerset including Wells, Glastonbury and Cheddar Gorge.

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