Sweeping view of Bossington and Porlock, Somerset

A peaceful coastal hamlet on the edge of the Holnicote Estate, with distinctive thatched cottages.


Things to see and do

Walking along the coast in autumn

Visiting coast and countryside in the South West: what you need to know 

We look forward to welcoming you to the coast and countryside around the South West. We care for beautiful countryside, from Cornwall's sandy beaches to Dorset's heathland, and you can help us to keep them safe and enjoyable by following a few simple guidelines during your visit and observing the Countryside Code.


What's on

A Walk with Sound & Story

Connect with the beautiful nature of the Holnicote Estate and Exmoor on a guided walk with story and sound. Led by Alexandra Simson a storyteller of 20+ years.



Tea-rooms near Bossington

Hughenden cafe coffee and scone

Allerford Post Office

Allerford Post Office is a lovely spot to refuel, get a stamp and a scone. Situated by the famous packhorse bridge, you can relax into village life with a light lunch. Contact 01643 862410



The Holnicote Estate, Somerset.

Holnicote and the National Trust  

Have you ever wondered about Holnicote's history and how it became part of the National Trust?


Our work

Walking on the South West Coast Path

SW Coast Path, creating a year-round economic asset 

Thanks to funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, places like this have started to make improvements to help make the South West Coast Path a year-round experience. Find out about other places that have benefitted.

Holnicote Estate on Exmoor

River restoration work in the Porlock Vale 

Learn more about the Riverlands project and the work they are doing on Exmoor.

Dunster Castle from the parkland


We’re working to create space for nature on Exmoor, engage with communities and help wildlife thrive.


Places to stay

Holidays on Exmoor