Selworthy, Exmoor National Park

Selworthy, Exmoor National Park
  • One of the Westcountry's prettiest villages, Selworthy is famous for its cottages and village green
  • Enjoy a cream tea in the Periwinkle Tea Room
  • Wander up through Selworthy Wood to the top of Bossington Hill/Selworthy Beacon for immense views of Porlock Bay and Exmoor's high moor. The views are awesome from the church at Selworthy as well
  • Selworthy is in an arc of beautiful villages and hamlets below Bossington Hill/Selworthy Beacon. Visit Allerford, Lynch and Bossington. Porlock and Porlock Weir are nearby
  • Selworthy is part of the Holnicote Estate (National Trust) which runs from sea to high moor. Relax on Bossington Beach or walk to Exmoor's highest point at Dunkery Beacon
  • Main photo: Selworthy Green (National Trust)


Where is Selworthy in Exmoor National Park?

North Hill rises above the popular seaside resort Minehead on the eastern border of Exmoor National Park. The high ground of North Hill runs to Selworthy Beacon and Bossington Hill. The famous Exmoor village Selworthy sits below this high ground north of the A39. Porlock Bay and Porlock Vale are to the north west. Exmoor's highest ground at Dunkery Beacon on Dunkery Hill is to the south west.


Directions to Selworthy

Use the A39 between Minehead and Porlock. Narrow lanes lead to Selworthy village. We'd recommend taking the turning at Holnicote which is signposted Selworthy/National Trust [symbol] Village.

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


Parking at Selworthy

There's limited parking across the road from Selworthy All Saints' Church and a slightly larger overflow car park just east of the church.


Why holiday or weekend break in the Selworthy area?

To help you chose the Selworthy area, we've listed some of the local attractions below.


Selworthy car park view

The view from the car park across the road from Selworthy All Saints' Church is an Exmoor classic. There's a National Trust information board on site but you'll see Robin How, Luccombe Plantation, Dunkery Beacon, Great Rowbarrow, Horner Wood, Ley Hill and Porlock Hill. Impressive sight.


Selworthy Green

The main attraction is Selworthy Green. Wander up past the National Trust shop and you'll come to a beautiful village green fringed by thatched cottages.

'There has been a village here since medieval times, but the current cottages were designed by Sir Thomas Dyke Acland in 1828 to create attractive homes for estate pensioners. Beyond the church (14th century), you'll find the village green, surrounded by warm yellow thatched cottages. Notice the tall chimneys which helped to draw the fire and carry sparks away from the thatch.' (Source: information board at Selworthy)


Periwinkle Tea Room

One of those yellow thatched cottages is Periwinkle Tea Room. Enjoy a cream tea.


Selworthy Wood, Bury Castle Settlement and Selworthy Beacon

There's a great walk from Selworthy village up through Selworthy Wood to Selworthy Beacon.

Stop to see the Memorial Hut (as marked on the Ordnance Survey map but called the Wind and Weather Hut on site). There's a great view point just west of the hut on the open ground at the top of the hill.

We'd recommend wandering past Bury Castle Settlement on your way down. 


Bossington Hill and North Hill

If you enjoy walking, we'd recommend extending your trip to Bossington Hill and North Hill. These are the western and eastern ends of the landmass that sits between Porlock Bay/Porlock Vale and Minehead. The South West Coast Path runs between the two.



Photograph the pretty 15th century packhorse bridge and spend some time at Allerford Museum West Somerset Rural Life Museum and Victorian School to discover more about the local area. There's a small car park opposite the museum. It's also a pleasant walk from Selworthy.


Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre

Visit the Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre just down the road from Bossington in West Lynch. Watch the flying display and discover the wildlife garden. Enjoy a cream tea if you didn't treat yourself to one at Periwinkle Tea Room.


Bossington and Bossington Beach

Explore the beautiful village Bossington before wandering down to its pebble beach which is at the eastern end of Porlock Bay. Hurlstone Point is to the north east. The pebbles fringe the coast all the way to Porlock Beach and beyond Porlock Weir.

Look out for old lime kilns and a WW2 pillbox at the beach. There's a former coastguard cottage at Hurlstone Point.

Porlock Shingle Ridge runs along the back of the beach but was breached by the sea so if you want to walk to Porlock Weir then use the South West Coast Path that runs across Sparkhayes Marsh (National Trust).

If you want a sandy beach, head east to Minehead. It's a family favourite. At low tide, Minehead Beach is huge. Dunster Beach is east of that.


Porlock Bay and Porlock Vale

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

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


Walking the South West Coast Path near Selworthy

As mentioned above, you can walk to Selworthy Beacon to connect with the South West Coast.

Walk east and you come to North Hill before dropping down to Minehead at the start/end of the South West Coast Path.

Head west and you descend Bossington Hill before crossing the salt marsh behind Porlock Bay on your way to Porlock Weir.


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 Selworthy 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.