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Holnicote Estate

The Holnicote Estate is a National Trust property that covers 5042 hectares (12,500 acres) of Exmoor National Park and includes the high tors of Dunkery and Selworthy Beacons, with incredible views in all directions. It features traditional cottages and farms in and around the villages of Selworthy, Allerford, Bossington, Horner and Luccombe, as well as four miles of coastline between Porlock and Minehead, where the SW Peninsula Coastal Path begins. Over 240km of footpaths and bridleways can be explored, taking you through a multitude of hugely scenic fields, woods, moors and villages. The area is renowned for its natural diversity and many rare species can be found in its Horner and Dunkery National Nature Reserve.

The estate also hosts to a point-to-point on which many Exmoor hunting meets are held throughout the spring.

2-hour long mini-bus tours of Holnicote depart from the Porlock Visitor Centre at 11am on Friday, May 26-July 14 inclusive. Contact the centre for bookings and any further information.

Also to be found within Holnicote’s expanses is the exhibition Wildlife in Wood, boasting life-sized wood sculptures of many species of Exmoor wildlife, from dormice all the way up to deer. Cut by local and wildlife-lover sculptor Mike Leach, the exhibition is laid out along a path winding throughout different habitats, each supporting its own respective range of wildlife that the carvings depict.

The exhibit is open from 10am-4pm each Saturday and by appointment during the week.A nominal charge of £1.00 per person is payable to help cover the cost of running the centre.

Wildlife in Wood is located at Piles Mill in theHolnicote Estate, just off the A39. At the entrance is a grass carpark just off the main road with wheelchair access up the lane just past the water-wheel. Web: www.wildlifeinwood.co.uk
Tel: 01643 862328

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