Things to do around Webber's Post
Explore Webber's Post, Exmoor’s highest point, and enjoy spectacular views over Horner Wood and the wild expanse of moorland stretching up to Dunkery Beacon. Head out for a walk or go for a bike ride, and spot seasonal wildlife along the way.
Walking at Webber’s Point
Put on your walking boots and head out for a bracing walk at Webber’s Point. Choose from one of two walking trails, or why not come back and complete them both?
- Horner Wood ancient tree walk: Explore magical ancient woodland on a two-mile walk and see an oak tree that's over 5,000 years old, as well as a variety of wildlife who make their home among these magnificent trees.
- Webber’s Post wander: Take in panoramic views of the Holnicote Estate, including some of the most spectacular landscapes within Exmoor National Park, on a gentle one-mile wander.
Cycling at Webber’s Post
Exmoor is one of the best places in the country for mountain biking. The Holnicote Estate has an extensive rights of way network totalling more than 250km, so there are plenty of opportunities to get out and explore this beautiful area.
Spot seasonal wildlife on the Holnicote Estate
See some of Exmoor's most iconic and well-known wildlife. The Holnicote Estate is home to some of Britain’s largest mammals and most beautiful insects.
- Red deer: Exmoor supports the strongest subpopulation of red deer in England, with over 300 living on the Holnicote Estate. You can often see deer on Ley Hill above Porlock, and around the edges of Horner Wood.
- Exmoor ponies: Look out for the Exmoor ponies, who help to maintain the moorland habitat of Exmoor. They act as a team of lawn mowers, keeping the grass short and eating scrub.
- Bats: There are 15 out of the UK’s 17 different species of bat living at Holnicote, including the Lesser Horseshoe and Barbastelle.
- Butterflies: The heath fritillary butterfly is one of the rarest butterflies in Britain. Holnicote represents its national stronghold. Another notable butterfly is the high brown fritillary, on the estate in small populations.
- Lichens: Horner Wood is full of numerous species of lichen. They live on the many ancient trees and the dead wood we leave in situ. A total of 330 species, including many rare types, are found at Holnicote.
Holnicote Estate has something for everyone, from its wild moorland and shingle beaches to ancient woodland and charming villages. Plus, keep an eye out for its resident red deer.
Holnicote Estate belonged to the Acland family for almost 200 years before the vast Exmoor land in Somerset was donated to the National Trust in the 20th century.
Learn how the rangers at Holnicote Estate in Somerset have been tackling the decline of the Heath Fritillary butterfly for the past 30 years to ensure the species' survival.
Discover Horner Wood, one of the largest ancient oak woods in Britain. Walk, ride or cycle through this National Nature Reserve which is bursting with wildlife.
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.