Visit Minehead: places to see: South West Coast Path

Minehead is the start of the coast path - England’s longest national trail which stretches for 630 miles.
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South West Coast Path

Minehead is the start of the coast path – England’s longest national trail which stretches for 630 miles.

The South West Coast Path (SWCP) is the longest of the national paths and follows the coastline of Somerset, Devon, Cornwall, Devon again and finally Dorset. This section, along the Exmoor coast, is its traditional start, as is done anti-clockwise.

Teddieboy Charters

Deep sea fishing trips from Minehead harbour. Fishing trips and coastal cruises from Minehead Harbour aboard Teddie Boy Charters.

Full tuition is provided for beginners and rods, rigs and bait are available. Teddie boy runs 4, 5, 8, 10 and 12 hour trips for a range of species which inhabit the Bristol Channel.

Experienced Anglers, Ladies and Total Novices are all very welcome.

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Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre

Hi, we are Cathy and Rod, we run Exmoor Experience, incorporating both Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre and Exmoor Riding plus our Bed & Breakfast in this unique historic setting of our 15th century National Trust, open-hall Manor House of 1436, pre-dating most properties in this beautiful hidden valley of Porlock Vale, within the Holnicote Estate.

The Centre is open to small groups, families, couples and individuals for a moment of quiet and reconnection with nature.


Allerford is a small pretty village, located just east of Porlock, and home to the iconic and historic Pack Horse Bridge.

The picturesque 15th century bridge which spans the Aller Brook is a Grade II listing structure supported on two segmented arches. The village is full of attractive period houses. Within the village is the West Somerset Rural Life Museum and Victorian Schoolroom, an attractive thatched building that served as the village’s school in the 19th century.

The village is very well located for visiting the popular Selworthy Beacon, the hill sweeps up towards the beacon, take a walk and enjoy glorious views across the bay and over eastern Exmoor.

Allerford Rural Life Museum

The Museum and Victorian School Room are housed in the old school at Allerford, leased to us by the National Trust. The school, built in 1821, was in use to 1981 and then, in 1984, it was reopened as the Rural Life museum, which is owned and administered by a committee of Trustees. The Trust is a Registered Charity which is completely self-supporting, and all the members of staff are volunteers.

The pretty village of Allerford lies off the A39 five miles from Minehead and one mile from Porlock and has interesting old cottages and a famous Packhorse Bridge. It is recorded in the Domesday Book in 1085 and is well worth a visit in its own right.

Burrowhayes Farm Riding stables

Situated in the glorious Horner Valley with a view of Dunkery Beacon, Burrowhayes Farm is in the heart of the Exmoor National Park and provides a central position for touring the whole of Exmoor with wooded valleys, streams, hills and magnificent coastal scenery.

The Dascombe family were dairy farmers on this National Trust Farm until the 1960’s when they took the opportunity of creating what soon became a popular family Caravan & Camping Site.

Today, Julian & Marion continue to offer a warm welcome to visitors and do all they can to meet the ever changing and modern demands without spoiling the old charm and natural beauty for which Burrowhayes is renowned.

Exmoor Adventures

Exmoor Adventures is based in Porlock, West Somerset, and have been operating since 2009, and are constantly expanding!

Over the past couple of years we have become an Exmoor National Park partner, gained a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor (5/5), as well as winning a ‘Highly Commended’ at the South West Tourism Awards!

We’re looking forward to an exciting and busy 2022, with plans for new activities and events, and hopefully an end to Covid restrictions!

Porlock Weir

Porlock Weir is the perfect base for those keen to explore Exmoor on foot. What makes this part of the world so unique is its diverse terrain, which makes walking here so appealing.

Whether along the coast, through woodland, across moorland or elevated farmland – there are walking options for all ages, abilities and energy levels. From 30 minute strolls out to the Gore and back, to ambitious day long walks along the South West Coastal Path, there really is something for everyone.

West Somerset Railway

Heritage steam railway running between Minehead to Bishop’s Lydeard, longest independent railway in the Britain.

We offer great old-fashioned hospitality, and doing a good job of it, is very important to us

We have 12 bedrooms offering a variety of single, double, twin and super king sizes there is a room for everyone, with all the little extras you’d expect.
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