Wheddon Cross is the highest hamlet in Exmoor National Park, at 980 feet above sea level. It is located in the county of Somerset, roughly nine miles south of Minehead, and north of the Brendon Hills. On its doorstep, wonderful walking and horse-riding can be enjoyed in the park’s high, open moors and deep, wooded valleys, where deer and wild ponies roam. This remote community developed around a crossroads when the turnpike between Minehead and Bampton was built. Exmoor self-catering holidays in Wheddon Cross are perfect for visitors who want to experience life in a rural Exmoor community. The village has several farms and a livestock market. There is a post office, a small grocery, a petrol station and a village hall.

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At the crossroads in the centre of the village, the Rest and Be Thankful Inn is a cosy pub serving a variety of local ales. In Cutcombe, just north of Wheddon Cross, there is a graceful parish church. A walk to Dunkery Beacon, the highest point on Exmoor, is essential on self-catering holidays in Wheddon Cross, with far-reaching views across the surrounding moors. On a clear day, it is possible to make out the Bristol Channel, Wales, the Mendips, the North Devon Coast, and Dartmoor. The walk from Wheddon Cross to the summit is less than a mile, starting on the small road toward Porlock. On the hamlet’s doorstep, Snowdrop Valley is a beautiful place for a walk in February, when the woods are covered in flowers.

Staying in a holiday cottage in Wheddon Cross is a popular option for visitors walking the Coleridge Way, which passes the hamlet on its 51-mile route between Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey and Lynmouth. A trip to the stony beach at Porlock Weir is highly recommended, a scenic half-hour drive northward from Wheddon Cross.