Exmoor villages

Exmoor National Park is renown not only for its nature and beautiful views but also for its picturesque villages.

Selworthy was first mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086 and is famous for its limewashed thatched cottages surrounding the village green. Periwinkel cottage houses a charming tea room that serves light lunches and cream teas. The village has a whitewashed 15th century Grade I listed Church of All Saints that offers magnificent views over the Exmoor National Park. Selworthy is a popular destination for walkers, bikers and horse back riders and can easily be reached from Minehead.

A couple of miles from Selworthy lie the pretty hamlets of Allerford and Bossington with beautiful limewashed cottages and tea rooms. Allerford is best known for its 18th century Packhorse Bridge.

Dulverton is a small town nestled in the southern part of Exmoor National Park. It is popular with walkers and has several shops, tea rooms and pubs. The 13th century tower of the Church of All Saints is worth a visit as well as the Barle Bridge. 4 miles north west of Dulverton lies the Tarr Steps - a prehistoric clapper bridge believed to be dating around 1000 BC.

The hamlet of Culbone makes an ideal two mile walk from Porlock Weir. Culbone is known for its church which is said to be the smallest parish church in England. It seats about 30 persons and is believed to be pre-Norman origin with a 13th century porch.

Other picturesque Exmoor villages and hamlets well worth a visit are Luccombe, Horner, Oare, Winsford and Exford - to name a few.

Photos: www.ninadodd.com