The Somerset village of Wootton Courtenay lies in Exmoor National Park, near Minehead. This rural community consists of a scattering of cottages and farm buildings on narrow country lanes. On the doorstep of Wootton Courtenay, Coleridge Restaurant is one of the highest-rated places to eat on Exmoor, serving delicious dishes prepared with the finest ingredients sourced from local farms and fishermen. Nearby, there is a post office and an old-fashioned shop selling a good range of essentials. The village’s most recognisable landmark is All Saint’s Church, a striking listed building dating back to the 13th century. Not to be missed on self-catering holidays in Wootton Courtenay, many scenic footpaths can be found at Wootton Common, Periton Plantation and Great Headon Plantation.

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The route from the village to the hamlet of Brockwell and over the cairn of Robin How to Dunkery Beacon is particularly spectacular. Visitors who complete the strenuous ascent to Exmoor’s highest point are rewarded with far-reaching views across the national park. Croydon Hill and Grabbist Hill lies to the village’s east, a stone’s throw from a holiday cottage in Wootton Courtenay, with views of the coast and Wales on a clear day. In the wooded valleys of the Vale of Porlock and Horner Wood, rare bats and butterflies, deer and wild ponies are often spotted. A short drive from Wootton Courtney, Dunster is home to cobbled streets and an impressive castle. Nearby, Minehead is a charming seaside town with a vast beach and a stop on the West Somerset Railway. Further west along the coast, Porlock Weir is a secluded pebble bay. Walking a stretch of the South West Coast Path is highly recommended, with breathtaking views along the Bristol Channel. Exmoor has a variety of excellent family attractions, including Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, Exmoor Zoo, and Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre.