Breathtaking views, a leafy woodland walk and delicious home-made tea and cakes.
Approx. 1-2 hours / 5 km
One of our most favourite walks in Exmoor, it offers everything. Drive past the ‘Church of all Saints, a fascinating whitewashed 15th-century parish church. Park in the National Trust Car Park in Selworthy Village and take the immediate path and begin your ascent to the beacon.
Wandering the grassy paths to the beacon is a joy, the blissful tranquillity and peace are hard to find anywhere else. As you near the beacon you’re rewarded with the most wonderful panoramic vista over Somerset and the Porlock Vale.
There are many trails around this area and sometimes we like to get creative and try a new one – we’re never disappointed.
As you begin your descent from beacon and head to the Periwinkle Tearoom you will find yourself surrounded by the most wonderful woodland. The birdsong can be almost deafening. Follow the trail downwards and eventually, it will bring you close to the Church, and the entrance to the National Trust Periwinkle Cottage.
We think a visit to the Periwinkle Tearoom is a must when visiting Exmoor. The setting is idyllic and the home-made cakes and snacks are quite delicious. It’s the perfect way to finish your walk.
“A timeless rural landscape of thatched cottages, nestled in the vale of the Holnicote Estate.” National Trust
Things to know …
- National Trust Car Park at the beginning of the walk
- Close to Periwinkle Tearooms (and toilet), just a few mins walk
- Can get very busy at peak times of day, and in full Summer
- Plenty of outdoor seating, and a large grass
- Clematis Cottage is a charming National Trust Gift Shop, just a minute from the tearoom
- The woodland walk is moderately steep
- Can walk to Allerford and Bossington to make the walk longer
- Bossington has a lovely tearoom called Kitnors.
Things we love …
- The tearoom … it’s our secret bolthole.
- The open space near the Selworthy Beacon