The Somerset village of Allerford is located in Exmoor National Park, on the banks of the River Aller. It is a picturesque place to visit, with thatched cottages, narrow lanes, a forge and an old-fashioned red telephone box. In the village centre, a short stroll from your holiday cottage in Allerford, you will find a post office with a small grocery. There are a handful of businesses, including a blacksmith and a honey farm. Don’t forget to see what’s on at the community-run cinema at Hare Park. Allerford’s best-known landmark is a distinctive medieval packhorse bridge over the river. The village’s other bridge, Allerford New Bridge, is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and listed building. Another interesting landmark is Allerford House, the childhood home of John Moresby, who explored Papua New Guinea and after whom the country’s capital, Port Moresby, was named.

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Not to missed on self-catering holidays in Allerford, the West Somerset Rural Life Museum is housed in a historic thatched building and exhibits fascinating photos of the people who have lived in the area through the ages. The village of Bossington lies just north of Allerford and is home to one of the region’s top family attractions, Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre. A scenic walk from the National Trust Car Park in Bossington leads to a vast pebble beach.

A short drive westward from holiday cottages in Allerford, Porlock is a charming village with pubs, tearooms and independent shops. A narrow road descends from the village to Porlock Weir, where there is an ancient harbour and a pebble shore strewn with driftwood. The South West Coast Path passes Porlock Weir, west toward Lynton and Lynmouth, and east toward Minehead. Inland, swathes of purple heather, huge skies, and rocky river valleys make Exmoor an enchanting place for walking. Look out for wild ponies and deer.