Top five must see places at Holnicote

Dunkery Beacon on the Holnicote Estate, Somerset

Whether you're looking for coastal views, wide open moorland or tranquil wooded walks, Holnicote has something beautiful to offer. Take a look at our top five places to explore and use it to create your own itinerary.

Dunkery Beacon

Dunkery Beacon is the highest point on Exmoor. On a clear day there are stunning views across to the Bristol Channel and Wales, Exmoor and even Dartmoor. It's a great spot for wildlife spotting. Keep an eye out for deer, skylarks and Exmoor ponies braving the winter weather.

By night, it's a fantastic place for stargazing. It's part of the first international Dark Sky Reserve in Europe. 

Webber's Post

Webber's Post looks across to Horner Woods and offers a network of paths ideal of exploring the more remote parts of the estate, including an easy-access trail.
You will find a wealth of wildlife throughout the year on the moors such as red deer, soaring buzzards and, if you're lucky, the rare heath fritillary butterfly.



Picturesque Selworthy Green with its traditional thatched cottages and sweeping views across the vale make this a pretty place to spend some time.
Selworthy Woods is a starting point for various walks and there's also an orienteering trail to scramble round.


Bossington Beach

Bossington is a peaceful coastal hamlet with traditional Exmoor cob and thatched cottages.
The pebble beach is a great place to spot coastal birds such as curlews, shelducks and little egrets making the most of tidal pools.
Old lime kilns and Second World War sea defences line the shore. It's well worth the walk to Hurlstone Point for the views and possible porpoise sightings.


Horner Wood

Horner Wood is a National Nature Reserve and the ancient oak trees are home to some of the country's rarest lichens, mosses and bats. A great place to explore by foot with waymarked routes as well as scope to branch out on your own.

Exploring the Holnicote Estate

You can discover more of the Holnicote Estate and try one of three new waymarked walks from Selworthy, Bossington, or Horner Wood. Keep an eye out for the pink arrows, exploring woodland, coastline and moorland’


Contact us

For more information during your visit call the estate office on 01643 862452