Railway Walks - Selworthy

Code: SLRWW

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Hills & moorland
  • History
  • Rural peace

Level

  • Easy
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Difficulty indicator

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 use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £459.00 - 4 nights

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Holiday overview

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Scenic medium paced, sometimes hilly walks exploring the history of the railways in Somerset and North Devon, plus journeys along heritage steam lines.

Holiday highlights

  • Discover this stunning countryside through a handpicked selection of superb walks and train journeys
  • Enjoy journeys on the full length of the West Somerset Railway, and on the Lynton and Barnstaple line
  • Delve into rail history at the Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust museum

Great reasons to join us

  • Great value: all prices include full board en-suite accommodation, a full programme of walks with all transport to and from the walks, plus evening activities
  • Great walking: in the company of an experienced leader
  • Accommodation: our Country House is equipped with all the essentials – a welcoming bar and relaxing lounge area, a drying room for your boots and kit, and comfortable en-suite rooms

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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.

 Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single room are available at no extra charge 
Premium Rooms
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children

Facilities

• 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

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. 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

An example of Selworthy evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


Just 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.

 

Itinerary

The programme may be subject to change depending on weather conditions and on the 2017 railway timetables.

Saturday 01/07/17 or Monday 11/09/17: Arrival day

Sunday 02/07/17 or Tuesday 12/09/17:

Dunster, Blue Anchor and the West Somerset Railway

Our coach takes us to the historic village of Dunster from where we walk firstly to Dunster Station. We follow the SW Coast Path through Blue Anchor towards Watchet. We then join the disused trackbed of the West Somerset Mineral Railway before arriving at the West Somerset Railway’s Washford Station, which is home to the Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust’s Museum. After spending some time here we’ll travel to Minehead on the West Somerset Railway and then by coach back to Holnicote House.

8.2 miles (13km) with 500ft (150m) of ascent.

Monday 03/07/17 or Wednesday 13/09/17:

Lynmouth and the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway

Today we’ll head West into Devon where we’ll enjoy a ride on the Cliff Railway, take the “Crinoline Path” expecting good views across the Bristol Channel, walking through wooded valleys and across Martinhoe Common before finishing our walk at Woody Bay station, home to the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway.

6 miles (9.5km) with 1000ft (305m) of ascent

Tuesday 04/07/17 or Thursday 14/09/17

The Doniford Valley & West Somerset Railway

Our coach carries us to Sampford Brett, an attractive village near Williton. We walk South East along the valley visiting Stogumber Station, then on to Crowcombe Heathfield from where we catch a train to Bishop’s Lydeard, the terminus of the West Somerset Railway. We hope to have a little time to look around before finishing our holiday with a train journey over the full 22 miles of the line to Minehead.

6miles (10km) with 430ft (135m) of ascent

Wednesday/Friday: departure day

 

The cost of all transport to and from the walks is included in your holiday price.

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).

Train heading to Taunton 

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).

 Quantas Boeing 747

Leaders

Richard Turner

Richard has been a walking holiday leader for HF Holidays since 2003. He is a supporter of a number of heritage railway groups and enjoys incorporating visits to their sites with walking in their territory.

Now retired, Richard combines his HF leading with voluntary work for the National Trust and also takes part in courses on subjects as diverse as Archaeology, Tractor Driving and Philosophy.

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
23 Oct 2017 SLRWW - Railway Walks - Selworthy 4 £459.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Premium single room: £15 per night
  • Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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