Things to do at Horner Wood
Discover one of the largest and most beautiful ancient oak woods in Britain, where 800 acres of woodland clothe the lower slopes of the surrounding moorland, following river and stream valleys. Horner Wood is also a National Nature Reserve. Here you can see ancient oak pollards, an impressive oak tree that's over 500 years old as well as a variety of wildlife that makes its home among these magnificent trees.
Discover the veteran trees
Horner Wood is a magical place with mosses, ferns and lichens covering ancient oak trees. Look out for the General, an impressive oak tree that's over 500 years old. The woodland is rich in history – as well as the historic trees, you can spot a 17th-century packhorse bridge and a Tudor iron-smelting site hidden amongst the trees.
Spot seasonal wildlife
Look out for red deer, dippers and summer migrants of pied flycatchers and wood warblers. In autumn at dusk, you can spot several species of bats flying around the woods.
Walking, horse riding and cycling at Horner Wood
Pull on your walking boots and stride out for a walk around Horner Wood. Choose from three walking trails or why not come back and complete them all? Along the way you can pass through steep-sided river valleys, wander through woodland pastures and spot deer, birds and the other wildlife that lives in Horner Wood.
Bridleways and cycle trails criss-cross the Holnicote Estate, so you can explore the estate on foot, by horse or on two-wheels.
Explore the wider Holnicote Estate
Horner Wood forms part of the Holnicote Estate on Exmoor, one of the largest places cared for by the National Trust. The estate is made up of many picturesque villages, which include Selworthy, Bossington, Allerford and Horner. There are acres of spectacular landscapes to explore including rugged moorland, shingle beaches and ancient woodland and 150 miles of footpaths and bridleways to discover.
National Trust tenants Holly and Mark use regenerative farming principles to rear cattle, goats and sheep while also encouraging wildlife to flourish.
Ancient trees are links to our past, they're species-rich habitats that support countless other organisms. Discover what makes a tree ancient and how to recognise them.
Our woods have been used in many ways since the Ice Age, from royal hunting grounds to military bases. Spot clues to past lives hidden in your favourite woodland.
A fine lookout on the Holnicote Estate with views over Horner Wood and the wild expanse of moorland stretching up to Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor.
Plan a visit to one of the special countryside places in our care and discover the benefits of being in the great outdoors. Pack your walking boots and get ready to explore woodlands, valleys and rivers.
There's a wealth of outdoor places from tors and gorges to woodlands and streams to visit in Somerset. Climb hills to see far-reaching views or relax and watch the children play in the fresh air.