Wheddon Cross village in the heart of Exmoor is the National Park’s highest village, and a charming rural spot perfectly placed for exploring and activity breaks. Minehead and the coast are just 9 miles away, and popular Exmoor villages such as Exford, Dunster and Porlock are within easy reach. The village contains a post office, garage and a fine old coaching inn, formerly a staging post between Dulverton and Dunster. All weather sports facilities including tennis courts are also available.
The Snowdrop Valley
The beautiful Snowdrop Valley sits close to Wheddon Cross village and and is a stunning rural corner open to visitors for walks and various events including a regular farmers’ market. The valley is so named after its great display of spring snowdrops. At one time a great sawmill sat here next to the River Avill. A selection of cafes, a cosy tearoom and inns provide welcome respite after walks.
Things to do & see
Exmoor’s highest village is surrounded by a huge choice of walking trails including The Coleridge Way, a 36 mile long-distance trail running from the Quantocks in the south into Exmoor via Wheddon Cross village. The great viewpoint and walking challenge of Dunkery Hill is just to the north west, and Wheddon Cross’s great central location puts it within easy driving distance of Dunster to the north east where you can pick up the West Somerset Railway. National Trust properties including Dunster Castle, Knightshayes and Arlington Court are all an easy drive away, as are the beautiful sandy beaches of North Devon. Fishing and horse riding are also popular in this hidden treasure area of Exmoor
Wheddon Cross is easily reached by road. Exit the M5 at Junction 25. Follow the A358 Minehead road right around Taunton into Exmoor. From the south, exit the M5 at Junction 27 and follow the A396 right up the valley to the village. Nearest National Railway stations are at Taunton and Tiverton Parkway, and National Express coaches also operate to nearby Tiverton, Taunton and Minehead. Exmoor is well serviced by buses which also welcome pets for a small fee. Moor Rover bus services stop at Wheddon Cross all year round – Monday to Saturday offering a convenient scenic link to nearby Dulverton and Dunster.
Where to stay
Wheddon Cross village in the heart of Exmoor offers a wide choice of character accommodation as you’d expect in such a popular walking and activity base. Choose from a selection of fine old coaching inns with rooms, restaurant and bar. The village was once a major coaching stop between Dunster and Dulverston. Stay in a cosy stone cottage for two with magnificent views of Exmoor and the Snowdrop Valley or opt for a spacious farmhouse ideal for a family activity break with the family pet too. An excellent choice of dog friendly B&Bs and cottages feature in this central Exmoor area, with a choice of walking trails direct from your door.