Exmoor Guided Walking Holiday

Explore the Exmoor National Park on foot

Code: SLBOB

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Hills & moorland
  • Rural peace

Level

  • 2
  • 3
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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £289.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

The sweeping hills, wooded combes and glorious seascapes of the Exmoor National Park reward every footstep with an astonishing range of landscapes and moods to enjoy. Vibrant yellow gorse, purple heather, wild ponies and Red Deer add great variety to our Guided Walking holidays.

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Accommodation

HF Holidays' Holnicote House in Selworthy

As a historic National Trust property, Holnicote House is full of charm and character. Located on the extensive Holnicote Estate, at the foot of Exmoor, it is well suited to a relaxing holiday.

Holnicote House has 32 newly refurbished bedrooms. Some are located in the main house, with others in the thatched cottages, called Butlers and Guns, in the grounds.

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

'Best' Rooms 

These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:

  • Recently refurbished to an exceptional standard
  • Large rooms
  • Stunning views of the surrounding area
  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £20 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

At the house

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Two lounges
  • Dining rooms
  • Bar
  • Ballroom
  • Free WiFi available in some public rooms
  • Range of board games and books
  • Heated outdoor swimming pool
    (open May to September
  • Croquet lawn

Dining

An example of Selworthy evening mealAll holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings


Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Accessibility

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Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

Itinerary

Discover Exmoor on Foot

Discover the contrasting landscapes of Exmoor. We'll take you to rugged headlands of the coast, and also the beautiful wooded valleys and inland moors where the sweetly scented heather creates a carpet of colour. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this beautiful landscape to life.

  • Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day
  • Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
  • We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at Holnicote House

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

Easier walks 

Selworthy village

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

Medium walks

Quantock Hills

HF Holidays walks level 3 medium

Harder walks

Valley of Rocks

Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.

Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 8 Mar 2019, 11 Mar 2019, 15 Mar 2019, 18 Mar 2019, 1 Nov 2019, 4 Nov 2019, 8 Nov 2019, 11 Nov 2019

Two pheasants in the snowGuided Walking continues throughout the year. Spring and Winter offer fantastic walking days on Exmoor - blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a great selection of guided walks with us.

Between November and Easter we carefully adjust our usual walks to suit the season. We'll often end the day in a cosy pub or tearoom - perfect for warming up after an invigorating walk.

See our Spring & Winter Walks for further details.


Selworthy and Selworthy Beacon

Available on: 30 Mar 2019, 30 Apr 2019, 11 May 2019, 22 May 2019, 23 Jun 2019, 14 Jul 2019, 25 Aug 2019, 15 Sep 2019, 22 Sep 2019, 19 Oct 2019

Option 1: Selworthy

Selworthy Church

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Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 1550 feet (460m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk to the charming villages of Allerford and Bossington, before continuing to the coast at Hurlstone Point. Our return route traverses the wooded slopes to Selworthy village, with time to explore.

Don’t miss: Wander through the once extensive Holnicote Estate to the 'model village' of Selworthy, with its collection of 'chocolate box' thatched cottages. 

Option 2: Selworthy Beacon

Lynch Combe

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Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

The walk in a nutshell: Our circuit from Holnicote House ascends through the woods to the top of Selworthy Beacon. Having followed the hill-top path we'll return through the fields to Selworthy village.

Don’t miss: Discover St Agnes Fountain, a small spring dating from 1820, hidden in the beautiful wooded slopes of Selworthy Beacon.

Option 3: Selworthy Circuit

View from Selworthy Beacon

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Distance: 11 miles (17½km)

Total ascent: 1,900 feet (580m)

The walk in a nutshell: A longer circuit through the Holnicote Estate takes us to the coast at Hurlstone Point, then along the ridge over Selworthy Beacon. Eventually we descend from North Hill and return via Selworthy village.

Don’t miss: Enjoy the great views from the top of Selworthy Beacon - on a clear day you can see across the Bristol Channel to the Brecon Beacons.


Lynton and the Valley of Rocks

Available on: 31 Mar 2019, 12 May 2019, 24 Jun 2019, 15 Jul 2019, 26 Aug 2019, 16 Sep 2019, 20 Oct 2019

Option 1: Valley of Rocks

Lynton cliff railway

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Distance: 7 miles (11½ km)

Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m) 

The walk in a nutshell: A walk with two distinct sections. We'll first descend from Countisbury into the wooded valley at Watersmeet, then along the East Lyn River to Lynmouth. We'll then take the cliff railway to expore Lynton and the Valley of Rocks.

Don’t miss: Soak up the views as you ride the Victorian cliff railway from Lynmouth to Lynton. This uses water power to lift you 500ft to the town above.

Option 2: Around Lynton

Valley of Rocks

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Distance: 8 miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 1,800 feet (560m)

The walk in a nutshell: Take the zig-zag path down from Countisbury Hill to Watersmeet. We'll continue along the hillside to the Victorian town of Lynton, climbing to a panoramic viewpoint above the Valley of Rocks.

Don’t miss: The Valley of Rocks is a local beauty spot with its own herd of wild goats who roam the precipitous hillsides.

Option 3: Lynmouth Coastline

View down Countisbury Hill

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Distance: 11 miles (17½km)

Total ascent: 3,200 feet (980m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the glorious coastal path down Countisbury Hill to Lynmouth, then on to the Valley of Rocks and Lee Bay. We return along an elevated path to Lynton and Watersmeet.

Don’t miss: Soak up the classic view of Lynton and Lynmouth as you walk down Countisbury Hill. This walk has steep ascents and descents, but passes through spectacular scenery.


The Quantocks

Available on: 2 Apr 2019, 14 May 2019, 26 Jun 2019, 17 Jul 2019, 28 Aug 2019, 18 Sep 2019, 23 Sep 2019, 22 Oct 2019

Option 1: Quantocks & Nether Stowey

Rolling Quantock Hills

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Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 750 feet (240m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk along the crest of the Quantocks, taking in Will's Neck, the highest point. We then descend through the woods to the delightful village of Nether Stowey.

Don’t miss: There's time to visit Coleridge Cottage (National Trust). This was the home of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his wife Sara, where many of his works were written.

Option 2: Quantocks to the Sea

View from the Quantock Hills

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Distance: 8½ miles (14km)

Total ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

The walk in a nutshell: Ascend from the village of Crowcombe onto the Quantock ridge. We'll continue over Will's Neck to Bicknoller Post, then descend to the sea at East Quantoxhead.

Don’t miss: The beach at East Quantoxhead is a Site of Special Scientific Interest with interesting geology and fossils.

Option 3: Along the Quantock Ridge

Red Deer

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Distance: 12 miles (20km)

Total ascent: 1,650 feet (500m)

The walk in a nutshell: A fabulous traverse along the full length of the Quantock Hills with the Bristol Channel stretched out ahead. We the descend to East Quantoxhead and Klive Beach.

Don’t miss: Look out for Red Deer as you walk along the Quantock Hills; as Britain's largest wild mammals they are always an impressive sight.


Along the rivers to Exford

Available on: 3 Apr 2019, 1 May 2019, 15 May 2019, 23 May 2019, 27 Jun 2019, 18 Jul 2019, 29 Aug 2019, 19 Sep 2019, 25 Sep 2019, 23 Oct 2019

Option 1: Exford and the Exe Valley

Withypool Bridge

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Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m) 

The walk in a nutshell: A circular route from Exford village green, we climb Room Hill then descend into the River Exe valley and follow it back upstream to the village.

Don’t miss: You may well see buzzards and Exmoor ponies as you make your way across the hillside above the River Exe.

Option 2: Simonsbath to Exford

Barle valley

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Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)

The walk in a nutshell: From Simonsbath we head into the ancient Royal Forest of Exmoor and follow the River Barle valley to Withypool then cross Room Hill before descending into Exford.

Don’t miss: Look out for a 19th century iron and copper mine and an iron age hill fort on this walk full of historical interest.

Option 3: Exe Head to Exford

Friendly HF leader

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Distance: 13 miles (21km)

Total ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)

The walk in a nutshell: After visiting the source of the River Exe at Exe head, we descend to follow the River Barle, then pass through Withypool and on to Exford.

Don’t miss: Head into the heart of Exmoor for this walk through beautiful tranquil countryside.


Dunkery Beacon and Horner Water

Available on: 4 Apr 2019, 2 May 2019, 16 May 2019, 24 May 2019, 28 Jun 2019, 19 Jul 2019, 30 Aug 2019, 20 Sep 2019, 26 Sep 2019, 24 Oct 2019

Option 1: Dunkery Beacon

View from Dunkery Beacon

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Distance: 7½ miles (12½km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

The walk in a nutshell: Our coach takes us to Exford Common, high on Exmoor. From here we'll head to the top of Dunkery Beacon, then descend through the wooded Horner Valley back to Holnicote House.

Don’t miss: Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor is the highlight of today's walks. From the summit you can enjoy panoramic views over the moors and wooded valleys of the national park. 

Option 2: Over the Beacon

Dunkery Beacon, Exmoor

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Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)

The walk in a nutshell: Ascend from Wheddon Cross through the Raleigh Manor Estate onto Dunkery Beacon. Our descent takes us over the moors, then through Horner Wood Nature Reserve.

Don’t miss: This walk is another good opportunity to spot red deer. Take your binoculars for the best chance of seeing these beautiful creatures.

Option 3: Roof of Exmoor

Summit of Dunkery Beacon

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Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk over the moors from Exford to the summit of Dunkery Beacon. Continuing across the moor we descend to Stoke Pero church, then head through Horner Woods back to Holnicote House.

Don’t miss: Choose a clear day and your efforts will be rewarded with a panoramic view that stretches to Dartmoor, and across the Bristol Channel to South Wales.


Holnicote and Selworthy Beacon

Available on: 6 Apr 2019, 13 Apr 2019, 7 May 2019, 9 Jun 2019, 19 Jun 2019, 7 Jul 2019, 21 Jul 2019, 8 Sep 2019, 12 Oct 2019, 26 Oct 2019

Option 1: Bossington & Selworthy

Selworthy Church

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Distance: 6½ miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk exploring the countryside and villages around Holnicote House. Our route takes us to the coast via the village of Bossington, returning along the wooded slopes to charming Selworthy village.

Don’t miss: Selworthy village was rebuilt in 1828 by the Acland family to house the elderly workers of the Holnicote estate. The tea room is a delightful spot to relax in towards the end of the walk.

Option 2: Selworthy Beacon

View from Selworthy Beacon

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Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,350 feet (420m)

The walk in a nutshell: Ascend through the woods to the Iron Age hillfort and the glorious viewpoint of Selworthy Beacon. After a hilltop walk we'll descend through the fields to Selworthy village.

Don’t miss: Its a steep climb to the top of Selworthy Beacon, but your efforts will be rewarded with a great view north over the Bristol Channel and south towards the hills of Exmoor.

Option 3: Somerset Coast Path 

Coast Path at Hurlstone Point

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Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 2,050 feet (620m)

The walk in a nutshell: Head through the woods to Hurlstone Point, then along the rugged coastal path that meanders along the northern slopes of Selworthy Beacon. We'll then ascend onto the summit and return via Selworthy village.

Don’t miss: This section of the coast path has a real 'away from it all' feel as it traverses around three deep combes above the sea.


Along the coast to Lynmouth

Available on: 7 Apr 2019, 10 Jun 2019, 8 Jul 2019, 22 Jul 2019, 9 Sep 2019, 13 Oct 2019, 27 Oct 2019

Option 1: Countisbury Hill

Lymouth river

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Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

The walk in a nutshell: Starting high on Countisbury Common, this predominately downhill walk takes us over Butter Hill to Countisbury Church, then zig-zags down through the woods to the harbour at Lynmouth.

Don’t miss: There's plenty to explore in charming Lynmouth - relax in one of the team rooms or pubs, or take the cliff railway to the Victorian town of Lynton.

Option 2: Foreland Point

View down Countisbury Hill

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Distance: 8½ miles (14km)

Total ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the South West Coast Path from Yenworthy Common to Lynmouth. Our route meanders around the wooded valleys towards the lighthouse at Foreland Point, then descends Countisbury Hill to Lynmouth.

Don’t miss: Enjoy fabulous sea views throughout the walk, including the classic view of Lynton and Lynmouth from the top of Countisbury Hill.

Option 3: Along the Coast Path

Lynmouth

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Distance: 11 miles (17½km)

Total ascent: 2,850 feet (880m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the coastal path from the Culborne Inn to Lynmouth. Our route undulates over some of Britain’s highest sea cliffs, before the final grand descent to Lynmouth.

Don’t miss: Walk in the footsteps of poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who gained inspiration from this stunning landscape for his most famous poems.


Valley and Hills to Dunster Castle

Available on: 9 Apr 2019, 12 Jun 2019, 10 Jul 2019, 24 Jul 2019, 11 Sep 2019, 15 Oct 2019, 29 Oct 2019

Option 1: Headon Cross to Dunster

Red Deer

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Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (220m)

The walk in a nutshell: From Headon Cross we head up through a mixed broadleaf wood onto the ridge line of Wootton Common before descending Grabbist Hill to the medieval village of Dunster.

Don’t miss: Look out for red deer on your journey across this broad ridge line, although illusive, you may hear the loud barking call of the stags especially during rutting season.

Option 2: Over the hills to Dunster

Dunster Castle

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Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (500m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Holnicote House to historic Dunster. Our route takes us through the woods to the viewpoint at Webber's Post, then enjoy the fine views as we follow the ridge over Wootton Common. 

Don’t miss: Dunster Castle was the home of the Luttrell family for over 600 years, and is now managed by the National Trust.

Option 3: Dunkery Beacon

View from Dunkery Beacon

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Distance: 12½ miles (20km)

Total ascent: 2,500 feet (760m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Holnicote House up onto Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor.  After descending across the moor to Wootton Courtenay, we'll continue over the hills to Dunster.

Don’t miss: Our walk concludes by descending Grabbist Hill - a spot said to have inspired the hymn All things bright and beautiful.


The Doone Valley To Watersmeet

Available on: 10 Apr 2019, 8 May 2019, 13 Jun 2019, 20 Jun 2019, 11 Jul 2019, 25 Jul 2019, 12 Sep 2019, 16 Oct 2019, 30 Oct 2019

Option 1: Doone Valley

Watersmeet

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Distance: 7½ miles (12½ km)

Total ascent: 1,250 feet (380m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Starting high on Exmoor we'll visit the valleys of Oare Water and Badgworthy Water, then take the charming riverside path beside the East Lyn river to Watersmeet.

Don’t miss: Our walks end at the National Trust's tearoom at Watersmeet. This is the confluence of the East Lyn and Farley Water; a delightful spot set in beautiful wooded valley

Option 2: Badgworthy Water

Doone Valley

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Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)

The walk in a nutshell: We'll head to Oare church then follow Badgworthy Water into a remote corner of Exmoor. Our walks concludes beside the cascading waters of the East River Lyn to Watersmeet. 

Don’t miss: Walk in the footsteps of Lorna Doone, the heroine of RD Blackmore's novel. We'll stop at Oare church, the scene of the wedding between Lorna and John Ridd.

Option 3: Wild Exmoor West

Hoaroak Water at Watersmeet

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Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk in Lorna Doone country and along Badgworthy Water before crossing wild moorland to join the Two Moors Way on Cheriton Ridge. We descend along Hoaroak Water to arrive at Watersmeet via some impressive waterfalls. 

Don’t miss: An opportunity to step off the beaten track and discover the wild corners of Exmoor. Enjoy great views as you cross the high moors.


Porlock Hill to Holnicote House

Available on: 11 Apr 2019, 14 Apr 2019, 9 May 2019, 14 Jun 2019, 21 Jun 2019, 12 Jul 2019, 26 Jul 2019, 13 Sep 2019, 17 Oct 2019, 31 Oct 2019

Option 1: Above Porlock

Exmoor Pony

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Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (160m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Take the coach to the top of Porlock Hill for this predominately downhill walk over the rolling hills to the west of Holnicote House. We finish through Horner Woods, then across the fields to tthe house.

Don’t miss: Look out for red deer - the descent into Halse Combe is often a good place to spot them.

Option 2: Hills & Wooded Valleys

Yellow gorse on Exmoor

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Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,700 feet (520m)

The walk in a nutshell: Follow a meandering route from Porlock Hill to Holnicote House. We'll take in the beautiful wooded valleys of Shillett Combe and Horner Water, as well the heather-clad moorland above.

Don’t miss: Walk across a carpet of purple heather on the moors then descend into the lush green valleys and wooded valleys.

Option 3: Wild Exmoor East

Two walkers on Exmoor

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Distance: 12½ miles (20½km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

The walk in a nutshell: Ascend from the Culbone Inn onto the wild open moorland of Exmoor. We reach our highest point at Lucott Cross, then past Hawke Combe and Halse Combe to Holnicote House.

Don’t miss: Discover the legend of the haunted junction at Lucottt Cross - very fitting for such a wild location.

Which break for me

Guided Walking

Friendly HF leaderOur best-selling Guided Walking holidays run throughout the year - with their daily choice of up to 3 walks, these breaks are ideal for anyone who enjoys exploring the countryside on foot. Perhaps choose an Easier walk, then build up to something more challenging as your holiday progresses.

Holidays operate throughout the year - see the dates & prices tab.

Outdoor Escapes

Guests in the bar on an Outdoor Escapes holiday

Outdoor Escapes offer exhilarating weekends and short breaks; ideal if you want to make the most of your time away from work.

Your break can be as action-packed or relaxed as you choose. There's a choice of three walks each day including challenging longer walks for those who want to stretch themselves. If you prefer to take things easy, our shorter walks allow plenty of time to see wildlife, stop at the pub, or explore the key sights. 

Once the activity is over, relax at our 4-star Country House with a delicious meal and glass of wine with other likeminded outdoor enthusiasts.

Outdoor Escapes at Selworthy start on Fri 26 April 2019

Gentle Walking

NEW from HF HolidaysWalkers in the woods near Monk ConistonThis easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of the Exmoor; ideal if you want to take things a little slower. The choice of three guided walks includes a half-day walk of 3 or 4 miles. 

Gentle Walking at Selworthy starts on Fri 19 April, Tues 23 April, Mon 30 September and Fri 4 October 2019

Spring & Winter Walking

Two pheasants in the snowJoin us on our specially tailored itinerary – complete with a choice of walks specially selected for the season.

  • Enjoy a choice of specially selected walks each day
  • Finish at a cosy pub or tea room
  • Experience beautiful Exmoor without the crowds!

We operate these walks between November and Easter - see Spring & Winter Walking at Selworthy for further details

Other Guided Walking holidays at Selworthy

Walking with Sightseeing - the perfect combination of guided walks, plus sightseeing visits

Christmas & New Year Walking - enjoy guided walks, fabulous food and a great atmosphere on these special festive breaks

Family Walking Adventure - great fun for adults and children alike

 

Local area

Discover Exmoor

During your stay at Holnicote House you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest, either in your free time, or on your journey to and from Selworthy:

Thatched cottage in Selworthy villageSelworthy Village
Less than a mile from Holnicote House is Selworthy village. At first glance the thatched cottages seem typical of many ancient settlements in this area. However, Selworthy is not as old as it looks, having been rebuilt in 1828 by Sir Thomas Acland. Sir Thomas was a philanthropist and designed the 'model' village himself to provide housing for the aged and infirm of the estate. He used traditional designs and materials to create a deliberately old-fashioned village. 

Green steam locomotive on West Somerset RailwayWest Somerset Railway
Travel on Britain’s longest steam railway from Minehead to Bishops Lydyard. Now lovingly restored by volunteers, the line recreates a classic Great Western Railway branch line with steam trains operating daily from April to October. Minehead station is 10 minutes' drive from Selworthy, or can be reached on the number 300 bus. www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk

 

Dunster Castle and its surrounding parklandDunster Castle

An historic castle transformed into a comfortable stately home for the Luttrell family. Some highlights include the 'modern' 1950s kitchen and the snooker room. Dunster Castle sits in extensive gardens, complete with its working watermill. The adjacent town of Dunster is full of character and also well worth a visit. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunster-castle

 

Lynton & Lynmouth
The quaint Victorian town of Lynton sits high on a hill, overlooking the coast and Lynmouth harbour. The two settlements are connected by the historic cliff railway. The short walk from Lynton to the Valley of Rocks is highly recommended.

Coleridge Cottage
The poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) and his wife Sara lived in the village of Nether Stowey, about 45 minutes' drive from Selworthy, from 1796 to 1799. In 1909 it was acquired by the National Trust, and later restored and opened to the public. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coleridge-cottage

Hestercombe Gardens
Hestercombe Gardens, around an hour's drive away near Taunton, were constructed in three periods - a landscape garden from the 1750s, a Victorian terrace and shrubbery from the 1870s, and Edwardian gardens of 1904-1908 designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. www.hestercombe.com

Exterior of Arlington Court National Trust houseArlington Court
Arlington Court, about an hour's drive away near Barnstaple is a fine Regency house set in an extensive estate. The grounds include a formal Victorian garden whilst the stables house the National Trust’s carriage collection of over fifty horse-drawn vehicles. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/arlington-court

Travel

Travel to Selworthy

Our address is: Holnicote House, Selworthy, Minehead, Somerset TA24 8TJ

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest railway station is at Taunton. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

The 29 mile journey from Taunton railway station takes approximately 50 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £57 per taxi. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Holnicote House Manager.

Bus

By bus:

The number 28 bus operates between Taunton station and Minehead. At Minehead change for the number 10 bus that will take you to the Selworthy turn (which is at the end of Holnicote House drive). A 2 minute walk along the drive will bring you to the house. Alternatively pre-book a taxi from Minehead; the 4½ mile journey will cost you approx £10 from our recommended taxi provider. For bus times see www.traveline.info

Driving to us

By car:

From Bridgewater take the A39 though the southern outskirts of Minehead towards Porlock. Holnicote House is on the left about 4½ miles out of Minehead, and about ¾ mile after the signpost to Luccombe (do not follow the signs to Selworthy). After the Selworthy Village sign look out for our sign 500 yards further on, on the left. Free car parking is available in the grounds.

 Travel by plane

Travelling from Overseas

For most guests, travelling to London Heathrow airport is the most convenient option.

From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. From here there are direct trains to Taunton. Its a relatively straightforward journey - allow 2½ hours. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

From Taunton you can travel on to Selworthy by bus or taxi (see above).

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11 Mar 2019 SLBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Selworthy 4 £435.00 £360.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £75 Per Person Book Now
15 Mar 2019 SLBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Selworthy 7 £725.00 £600.00 Top Offer - Save £125 Per Person Book Now
15 Mar 2019 SLBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Selworthy 3 £339.00 £289.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
18 Mar 2019 SLBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Selworthy 4 £435.00 £360.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £75 Per Person Book Now
29 Mar 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 3 £365.00 £315.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
29 Mar 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 7 £799.00 £699.00 Spring Offer - Save £100 Per Person Book Now
1 Apr 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 4 £495.00 £420.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £75 Per Person Book Now
5 Apr 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 3 £365.00 £315.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
5 Apr 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 7 £799.00 £699.00 Spring Offer - Save £100 Per Person Book Now
12 Apr 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 3 £365.00 £315.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
6 May 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
13 May 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
21 May 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
8 Jun 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 7 £879.00 £804.00 Summer Offer - Save £75 Per Person Book Now
8 Jun 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 3 £375.00 £345.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £30 Per Person Book Now
11 Jun 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
18 Jun 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
22 Jun 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 3 £375.00 £345.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £30 Per Person Book Now
22 Jun 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 7 £879.00 £804.00 Summer Offer - Save £75 Per Person Book Now
25 Jun 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
6 Jul 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 3 £375.00 £345.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £30 Per Person Book Now
6 Jul 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 7 £879.00 £804.00 Summer Offer - Save £75 Per Person Book Now
9 Jul 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
16 Jul 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
20 Jul 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 3 £375.00 £345.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £30 Per Person Book Now
20 Jul 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 7 £879.00 £804.00 Summer Offer - Save £75 Per Person Book Now
23 Jul 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
24 Aug 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 3 £375.00 £345.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £30 Per Person Book Now
24 Aug 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 7 £879.00 £779.00 August Offer - Save £100 Per Person Book Now
27 Aug 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
7 Sep 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 7 £875.00 £800.00 Summer Offer - Save £75 Per Person Book Now
7 Sep 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 3 £375.00 £345.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £30 Per Person Book Now
10 Sep 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
14 Sep 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 3 £375.00 £345.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £30 Per Person Book Now
14 Sep 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 7 £875.00 £805.00 Summer Offer - Save £70 Per Person Book Now
17 Sep 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 4 £529.00 £479.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
21 Sep 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 6 £739.00 £674.00 Early Booking Summer Offer - Save £65 Per Person Book Now
21 Sep 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 3 £375.00 £345.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £30 Per Person Book Now
24 Sep 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 3 £375.00 £345.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £30 Per Person Book Now
11 Oct 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 3 £365.00 £315.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
11 Oct 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 7 £799.00 £699.00 Autumn Offer - Save £100 Per Person Book Now
14 Oct 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 4 £495.00 £425.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £70 Per Person Book Now
21 Oct 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 4 £495.00 £425.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £70 Per Person Book Now
28 Oct 2019 SLBOB - Guided Walking - Selworthy 4 £435.00 £365.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £70 Per Person Book Now
1 Nov 2019 SLBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Selworthy 7 £725.00 £600.00 Top Offer - Save £125 Per Person Book Now
1 Nov 2019 SLBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Selworthy 3 £339.00 £289.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
4 Nov 2019 SLBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Selworthy 4 £435.00 £365.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £70 Per Person Book Now
8 Nov 2019 SLBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Selworthy 3 £339.00 £289.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £50 Per Person Book Now
8 Nov 2019 SLBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Selworthy 7 £725.00 £600.00 Top Offer - Save £125 Per Person Book Now
11 Nov 2019 SLBOB - Spring & Winter Walking - Selworthy 4 £435.00 £365.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £70 Per Person Book Now

Prices are per person

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  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

We like to reward early bookers with our best rooms so book early to avoid disappointment.
Please note that we aren't able to take room number requests as we are unable to guarantee them. 

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