Selworthy, Allerford, West Lynch, Bossington & Horner

This whole area has lots of tearooms and resturants and most serve home-made meals, cakes and cream teas. It runs from moor to woodland and the history of the Ackland family and how they created it is worth seeking out. The woods are full of easily walked paths, wind & weather huts, each of which are unique and built in the 1800's.

These villages form part of the Holnicote Estate which is part of the National Trust, it is also within Exmoor National Park so beautiful scenery, unique buildings and plenty of wildlife.

Each village has parking and accommodation, mostly unique and locally run set in beautiful locations if you want a quiet stay.  the only thing you won't find here is a pub as the Estate was originally tea total but it is only 2 miles to Porlock where there are some good local pubs.

Selworthy

This village has a village green surrounded by woods and thatched cottages.  It runs from the top to bottom of a hill with the church and pretty thatched cottages on the village green being the most visited part. There are 2 car parks, one small and awkward but with amazing views, originally meant for the church. Another a little further along the road is a larger one easily acessed and shaded.

The views from this side of the hill are spectacular across the Porlock valley as you walk to the green.  The walk, although pretty, slopes steeply so could cause problems if you have mobility issues, though is tarmacked. In the middle of the Green one of the thatched cottages is a tea room with a tea garden. Here you can sit either in the cottage tea room or in the garden with views across the valley. Dogs are allowed on a lead. Delicious lunches and teas are served March – October. From the Green walks in the surrounding woods are well trodden, you can walk up the combe to Selworthy Beacon, round the hill to Allerford or Bossington. If you wish to be really adventurous you can walk to Porlock or Minehead.

The unique white church is visible from many parts of the surrounding hills & valleys. It is small, unusual & has many interesting features, possibly the ceiling being the most memorable and the view from the church door.

No shops in the village . There are toilets half way up the hill as you go in. There is a bus Webber Bus No 10 that stops at the turning up to Selworthy and runs from Minehead or Porlock every 2hrs Monday to Saturday. It is some steep walk to get to the thatched cottages on the village green but in lovely surroundings.

Allerford

This little village has one of the most photographed bridges. A packhorse bridge and ford across the river and a mill with pond & orchard across the road where a wood sculptor lives. Sometimes there are international wood carving conventions where you can watch people from all over Europe creating unique sculptures with chainsaws. These are then placed in woodland at Webbers Post on the moor for all to enjoy.

There is an unusual museum based in the part thatched, old school. The Allerford Rural Life Museum www.allerfordmuseum.org.uk has kept one of the Victorian schoolrooms with benches and slates and dressing up bits for the children. The other room has been laid out with locally related memorabilia and is very interesting. A third room has a huge collection of local photograph albums. They cover Minehead, Selworthy, Allerford, Bossington and around. If you do wish to research something when you come, please let them know beforehand so that they can ask around for you. Also do make sure you check the opening times before you go. If you are there during the school term it would also be wise to check if a school group is attending as it can get quite busy.

Outside are the larger items and more to see and a playground where children's games can be played like hopscotch & hoop bowling. There is a car park opposite & playground a little further on by the village hall & cricket ground.

There is a working village forge where you can see the blacksmith, fire and anvil still working but these days they make commemerative gates on a large scale though there is a tiny shop with smaller hand forged items for sale.

There is a Post Office/stores which sells some supplies & ice creams but has limited opening hours. There are toilets in the car park. A Webber Bus No 10 stops on the main road with short easy walk into the village.

West Lynch

There is a small, wayside chapel which is interesting and has information about it inside the door. Also a farm & falconry centre and a tea garden on-site but separate from the centre. Horse riding is available here, also miniature pony or alpaca treks. There is also a tea room and garden.

There are no public shops and no public toilets, some gifts available at the centre. Car parking is at the side of the road. It is a plesant, level  walk from Allerford or Bossington along the narrow road.

Bossington

A pretty village with a 14C thatched cottage tea room & tea garden. There is a large car park with shaded parking to the rear and toilets. There are paths across the river to the hills, abandoned coastguard lookout or down the lane to the long shingle ridge that fills and protects Porlock & Bossington Bay. A level walk but rough track leading to the beach. This is a well known fishing spot. Along the ridge there are the remains of lime kilns. the lime was used in the upkeep of the cottages and for spreading on the fields. Swimming from here is possible but there are currents, it is a very steep drop off and you are instantly out of your depth. Ask for current conditions locally first.

 

No shops, toilets in the car park and picnic tables. It is a walk along the country roads to Porlock, about 15mins of easy walking.

Horner

      

This charming little village is in woodland and beside a wide river. There are 2 tea rooms/tea gardens selling refreshments & lunches, a large car park shaded by walnut trees and with toilets behind. A wide path runs through the trees beside the river and remains level for some distance. There are many more paths off the main one that go up the sides of the valley, some more challenging than others.There are two stables here from where you can ride horses.

There is an excellent caravan site here by the river

Horse riding is available here at Burrowhayes or Horner Farm

You can walk across the fields from Allerford with part on the main road. It's level.