Allerford, Exmoor National Park

Allerford, Exmoor National Park
  • Allerford is within an arc of beautiful villages and hamlets sat below Selworthy Beacon and Bossington Hill in the eastern section of Exmoor National Park. Selworthy is to the east. Lynch and Bossington are just north west. Allerford is easily accessible via the A39 near Porlock, Porlock Weir and Porlock Bay
  • Part of the National Trust's Holnicote Estate. Great for walking. Yomp up to the top of Bossington Hill for huge views across Porlock Bay or walk the South West Coast Path east to Minehead or west to Porlock Weir and beyond
  • Known for its pretty 15th century packhorse bridge. Photograph the distinctive round chimneys that you find in the local area
  • Situated near great pebble beaches that line Porlock Bay. Spend time at Bossington Beach and Porlock Beach. Follow country lanes that climb to Dunkery and Horner Wood National Nature Reserve and Exmoor's highest point at Dunkery Beacon
  • Visit Allerford Museum/West Somerset Rural Life Museum and Victorian School 
  • Main photo: the packhorse bridge at Allerford

 

Where is Allerford in Exmoor National Park?

Allerford is in a remarkable location at the eastern end of Porlock Bay below Bossington Hill and Selworthy Beacon. It's within an arc of beautiful villages and hamlets at the eastern end of Exmoor National Park. Minehead, and the National Park border, are to the east. Porlock and Porlock Weir are to the west. Exmoor National Park straddles Devon and Somerset. Allerford is in the latter.

 

Directions to Allerford

The A39 runs across Exmoor close to the coast. It's the National Park's main east/west route. Allerford is located by the A39. If you're coming from Mid Devon, use one of the main north/south routes, such as the A396, to connect with the A39. We'd also recommend the moorland road that drops down from Dunkery Hill to Webber's Post and then the A39.

We've positioned Allerford on Google maps. Zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location.

 

Parking at Allerford

There's a small car park across the road from Allerford Museum West Somerset Rural Life Museum and Victorian School.

There's a larger car park at Bossington. It's a pleasant walk on footpaths to Allerford. You can also walk in from the car park at Selworthy.

 

Why holiday or weekend break in Allerford?

To help you choose Allerford, we've listed some of the local attractions below.

 

Allerford Packhorse Bridge

Allerford is known for its pretty 15th century packhorse bridge. The local architecture is amazing as well.

 

Allerford Museum West Somerset Rural Life Museum and Victorian School 

Visit Allerford Museum West Somerset Rural Life Museum and Victorian School to discover more about the local area.

 

Bossington Hill and Selworthy Beacon

Having experienced the village, follow the footpath through Allerford Plantation to Lynch Combe. It's then a climb to the top of Bossington Hill and Selworthy Beacon. The views west across Porlock Bay and the Exmoor National Park coast are stunning.

 

Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre

Spend some time at the Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre just up the road from Allerford in West Lynch. Watch the flying display, discover the wildlife garden and enjoy a cream tea.

 

Bossington

Continue on the road towards the coast and you come to Bossington. Photograph Bossington Cottages and then relax in Kitnors Tea Room and Garden.

 

Bossington Beach

Allerford, West Lynch and Bossington are all close to the sea. Walk to Bossington Beach. The beach is made of big pebbles. Porlock Weir Beach is to the west. This is also a pebble beach. If you want a big, sand beach then travel east to Minehead Beach.

Explore Porlock Shingle Ridge and Sparkhayes Marsh (National Trust).

Also head to Hurlestone Point at the eastern end of Porlock Bay.

 

Walking the South West Coast Path near Allerford

Follow the South West Coast Path east of Allerford and you climb to Bossington Hill and North Hill above Minehead.

Head west and you cross Sparkhayes Marsh (National Trust) to Porlock Weir. Note that Porlock Shingle Ridge was breached by the sea so the South West Coast Path trends inland.

 

Selworthy

Selworthy is one of the most photographed villages in the Westcountry. Wander around Selworthy Green (National Trust) and treat yourself to another cream tea at Periwinkle Tea Room (National Trust). There are super views of Dunkery Hill and Dunkery Beacon from the car park at Selworthy.

We'd recommend following the footpath from Selworthy, past Bury Castle Iron Age enclosure, to the Memorial Hut commemorating Sir Thomas Dyke Acland and then the top of Bossington Hill and Selworthy Beacon. Beautiful woodland walk with massive views up top.

 

Porlock Bay and Porlock Vale

Visit Porlock and Porlock Weir which are to the west of Allerford. Explore Porlock Bay and Porlock Vale.

We'd recommend a drink at Porlock Weir The Ship Inn.

 

Holnicote Estate including Dunkery and Horner Wood National Nature Reserve and Dunkery Beacon

Holnicote Estate is 'one of the largest and most diverse countryside properties owned and managed by the National Trust. The 5026 hectare estate gives you the opportunity to discover picturesque villages, woodland, farmland, moorland coastline, archaeological sites and a wide array of wildlife, including many species that are rare in the UK. Most of the estate can be explored using more that 240km of bridleways and footpaths.' (Source: information board at Selworthy)

We'd recommend following the moorland road that climbs to Webber's Post and Dunkery Hill. Walk to Dunkery Beacon which is the highest point in Exmoor National Park. There are huge panoramic views. It's particularly impressive in late summer when the heather's out.

 

Dunster and Minehead

Dunster is one of Exmoor National Park's most popular villages. It sits on the eastern border of the National Park just east of Allerford via the A39. Visit Dunster Castle (National Trust) and Dunster Yarn Market, Butter Cross and Gallox Bridge (English Heritage). The Tallest Tree In England is situated in Dunster Estate!

Minehead lines the eastern border is a famous English seaside town. Enjoy the big, sand beach or take a trip on the West Somerset Railway. Note that the South West Coast Path starts/ends in Minehead. See the South West Coast Path Start/End Sculpture.