Selworthy Village Guide
...a delightful old world village with quaint cottages and outstanding surrounding scenery
A wonderful village set within Exmoor National Park and the Holnicote Estate offering beauty and outstanding surrounding scenery. A lovely place to stay or stop off during a picturesque walk on Exmoor.
Noted in the Domesday book as Selewdra, Selworthy was once owned by a Queen of Wessex and then handed down to Ralph de Limesy and later to Henry de Pynkeny before finally being obtained through marriage by Sir Thomas Acland in 1802. It was Sir Thomas who, in 1828, redeveloped the village in order to provide for the old and infirm of the Holnicote Estate. The design of the cottages was very traditional with thatched roofs, traditional materials and ochre tinted lime washed walls.
Most of Selworthy can be dated from the redevelopment in 1828 by Sir Thomas Acland, however the church, Tithe barn and the Tithe barn cottage remain from earlier periods.
The Church of All Saints sits on the hill overlooking the village and views from the porch over the surrounding countryside are fantastic. The church itself dates from the 14thcentury and has a 16thcentury pulpit and lovely carved wooden wagon roof.
In the village one of the oldest cottages is now an award winning tea rooms which provides a delightful place to stop off and refresh whilst touring the beautiful countryside and local historic attractions and a place to refuel if on a long walk or cycle ride over Exmoor.
Selworthy Beacon, one of the highest points on Exmoor, which forms part of many local walks rises to around 300 meters and from where views over the Bristol Channel and over towards Wales make the trek worthwhile. To add a historical note, near the top are what are thought to be the remains of round barrows and close by is the iron age hill fort of Bury Castle.
Things to see and do
West Somerset Railway: In the nearby town of Minehead is the West Somerset Railway, the longest preserved steam railway in Britain which was saved from extinction in the Beeching cuts of 1971. It now runs services to and from Bishops Lydeard over a 20 mile track with 10 lovingly restored and presented stations along the route for the visitor to stop off and enjoy or merely pass through on a leisurely journey.
For more details please contact The Railway Station, Minehead, Somerset TA24 5BG 01643 704996
Horse Riding and Pony trekking: Take a ride through the surrounding countryside from one of these local stables:
Horner Farm Riding Stables, Horner, Porlock, Minehead, TA24 8HY 01643 862456
Open Easter to end of October - For all abilities
Huntscott House Stables, Huntscott, Wootton Courtenay, Minehead, TA24 8RR 01643 841272
Open all seasons - For the more experienced rider
Periton Park Riding Stables, Middlecombe, Minehead, TA24 8SW 01643 705970
Open all year - All abilities & ages catered for
Holnicote Point to Point: Local point to point events are held during May which make for a fantastic day out. Visit the point to point page for further details.
Local places of interest
Selworthy is within Exmoor National Park which has a multitude of sites, attractions, walks and activities. Closeby are the seaside town of Minehead, Dunster with its wonderful Castle, along with Blue Anchor Bay and Watchet Harbour which are well worth visiting.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015