Winsford, Exmoor National Park

Winsford, Exmoor National Park
  • Beautiful village in the heart of Exmoor National Park through which the River Exe flows
  • Enjoy a pub lunch at The Royal Oak Inn or a cream tea at Winsford Bridge Cottage Tearoom
  • Walk to the top of Winsford Hill and take in big views of the National Park
  • Head down to the famous Exmoor beauty spot Tarr Steps
  • Explore the Wheddon Cross/Dunkery Beacon area and the Dulverton area via the A396 that runs past Winsford
  • Main photo: The Royal Oak Inn in Winsford


Where is Winsford in Exmoor National Park

Winsford is located in the River Exe Valley in the south eastern section of Exmoor National Park. The A396 is close to the east. Exmoor's highest village Wheddon Cross is to the north east. The Exmoor gateway town Dulverton is to the south.

Winsford is a great place from which to explore the central, southern and south eastern area of the National Park.


Directions to Winsford

Drive the A396 and about half way along the road in either direction within the National Park you'll see signs for Winsford. The village is just west of this main road.

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


Parking at Winsford

There's plenty of parking in the centre of the village by Winsford Bridge Cottage Tearoom.

If you're visiting Winsford The Royal Oak Inn then there's customer parking around the back of the pub which is visible on Google's satellite imagery.


Why weekend break or holiday in the Winsford area?

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


Winsford The Royal Oak Inn

The Royal Oak Inn is a classic English village pub. Thatched roof and cosy interior. Pub garden at the rear.


Winsford Bridge Cottage Tearoom

Across the road, the Bridge Cottage Tearoom is a classic English tearoom. Enjoy a cream tea outside in the sunshine.


Winsford Hill

If you're into walking, yomp up to the top of Winsford Hill. There's a really impressive moorland amphitheatre called The Punchbowl.

Note that you can also walk in from the car parking area on Winsford Hill.


Exmoor International Dark Sky Reserve

Exmoor was Europe's first International Dark Sky Reserve. Owing to the low levels of light pollution, you'll be able to see thousands more stars with the naked eye than you would in an urban area.

Winsford Hill is a top place from which to experience this.


Exmoor's prehistory

Check out Wambarrows whilst you're on Winsford Hill.

If prehistory is of interest, make sure you explore Dartmoor National Park. We list its best prehistoric sites on our sister site 'Holiday in Dartmoor'.


Tarr Steps

Visit this famous Westcountry clapper bridge. It's in a glorious setting. Particularly beautiful in autumn when the leaves turn in the Barle River Valley.

The bridge is owned by Exmoor National Park Authority and is within the Tarr Steps Woodland National Nature Reserve. Top place.

There's a big car parking area from which you walk down to the bridge.


Two Moors Way

The long-distance walking route the Two Moors Way runs through Tarr Steps.

Whilst on holiday in Exmoor in the Winsford area, walk the Two Moors Way between Tarr Steps and Simonsbath.



Southern gateway town to Exmoor National Park. Dulverton and the surrounding area are packed with pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Learn more about the National Park in Dulverton National Park Visitor Centre. 

To visit, drive the A396 and then cut across to Dulverton. 


Dunkery Beacon and Exmoor's high moor

Follow the A396 to Wheddon Cross and then head across to the small car parking area at the foot of Dunkery Beacon on Dunkery Hill. A good path rises to Dunkery Beacon. It's a short walk and isn't particularly demanding.

The views are immense. On a clear day, you'll see Dartmoor National Park to the south and Brecon Beacons National Park to the north. Bodmin Moor is the south west and the high ground of Exmoor National Path extends west. Highly recommended.


Wimbleball Lake

Wimbleball Lake is a beautiful area of Exmoor between the Brendon Hills and Haddon Hill by the south east border of the National Park. Great for young families.

Enjoy watersports such as canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing and stand up paddle boarding. Walk and cycle around the lake. Take in amazing views from the dam and the top of Haddon Hill.

Wimbleball Lake is also known for its amazing local wildlife.


Horse riding near Winsford


The Exmoor Pony Centre near Dulverton. 'Enjoy the feeling of freedom riding our special ponies on the windswept moor where you could glimpse wild ponies and Exmoor wildlife.'

Pine Lodge by Dulverton. 'We provide accompanied hacks, safari rides and horse riding holidays for adults, families and unaccompanied children (during the school holidays) from our working hill farm located just outside of Dulverton in Somerset.'

Burrowhayes Farm by Porlock. 'We organise escorted rides of mixed abilities in the glorious Horner Valley and on the open moorland of Dunkery, Ley Hill and Selworthy. So everyone can enjoy to the full the beauty of Exmoor with the added thrill of being on horseback.'