Withypool

Visitor Guide to Withypool on Exmoor in West Somerset.

 
Withypool is a quiet un-spoilt village in the centre of the Exmoor National Park with one shop and one Inn. Opposite the shop is a Tea-Room which opens from Easter to October and a very rare set of ancient  "Shell" petrol pumps.  
Beside the old, 6-arch stone bridge over the River Barle is a picnic spot with a small car park.  There is a lovely riverside walk North from here towards Lanacre and Simonsbath.

Dominating the village to the South West is the wide open moorland of Withypool Common topped by Brightworthy Barrows, and the adjacent Withypool Hill (1,306 feet).  The views from the summit are superb.
400 paces SW from the summit a large diameter, Bronze Age stone circle can be found.
(it was there when I searched in 2007 - can be hard to find in summer -ed)

The Two Moors Way passes through the village and there are a number of excellent short walks including a 9 mile circular route down the river to Tarr Steps returning high over Withypool Hill with many superb views en-route.


History of Withypool



Withypool is mentioned in the Domesday Book in an entry that refers to Dodo, Almer and Godric, three "foresters of Widepolla".  
A Swainmote Court (associated with the Free Suitors) was held in Landacre Fields or Withypool Inn until James Boevey moved it to Simonsbath towards the end of the seventeenth century.  Withypool had, until then, been the 'moorland capital'.
R.D.Blackmore wrote part of Lorna Doone  in the bar of the Royal Oak Inn in Withypool and  the famous artist Alfred Munnings had a studio in the loft.  
During the 1940's General Eisenhower planned much of the D-Day landings in the Inn. (The American forces used Woolacombe Beach to the west of Exmoor for exercising the Normandy invasion and there is a memorial to them on the headland at the North end of the beach).
 

 

 

Withypool Holiday Cottages B&B
Withypool Public Transport



Withypool bridge over the Barle
The River Barle in Withypool
 

Withypool from Withypool Hill


Withypool Holiday Cottages
West Hollowcombe Farm    Self Catering Holiday Cottage Hawkridge
Four comfy and snug self-catering cottages great for a family holiday or weekend break, ideal for walking, riding or relaxing in Exmoor National Park. Dogs welcome. Bed and Breakfast as well as evening meals possible. Stabling for horses and ponies. ETC4star.
Holmbush    Self Catering Holiday Cottage Withypool
This large, spacious, detached house is a haven of peace and privacy standing alone in 40 acres with outstanding views across the valley of the River Barle and Exmoor National Park. Fantastic doorstep walks to the village, the high moorland and along the river. Riding here is unsurpassed and Holmbush offers basic private stabling and grazing in this no frills five bedroomed holiday base sleeping ten.
Westwater Cottage    Self Catering Holiday Cottage Withypool
On a traditional Exmoor hill farm 1.5 miles from the village of Withypool, a comfortably furnished cottage sleeping up to 6. Dining room/lounge with a stone feature fireplace. Well equipped kitchen. Three bedrooms, one en suite and a family bathroom. 
105 hectares to explore including woodland, which is full of beautiful bluebells in May.
Ideal access to moorland, footpaths and North Devon coast. 
Off season discounted breaks are available.
Bridge Cottage    Self Catering Holiday Cottage Withypool
Bridge Cottage is ideally situated for exploring the beautiful heartland of Exmoor. This romantic cosy cottage boasts rare and extensive river frontage in delightful gardens. Let yourself be absorbed by the magic and beauty of this cottage and the surrounding countryside of Withypool on Exmoor.
1 double bedroom, 1 twin, 1 sofa bed. Central heating. Private, off road parking.  Short walk to shop and pub/restaurant.  No smoking. Pets welcome. see website or tel: 01643-831279
Riverview    Self Catering Holiday Cottage Withypool
Three bedroom cottage facing south across the River Barle in the centre of the village, two minutes walk from the shop and the Royal Oak Inn.  Superb moorland views and excellent walking.  1 double, 1 twin and 1 single bedroom. Log burner.  
'Home from home' regularly used by the owner between lets.  
No smoking. Cot and high chair. Private parking and garden. Short breaks low season.  Well behaved dogs welcome.
Westerclose House Cottages    Self Catering Holiday Cottages/Bungalows/Apartment in Withypool
Peaceful self-catering complex of 2 detached houses, 2 bungalows and 1 apartment in the grounds of Westerclose House,  overlooking the village.  Open all year.    Ideal walking base.  Stunning views. Pub/restaurant and village shop just 300 yards.   Open all year. No smoking.  ETC3-4*  
Withypool Bed and Breakfast
Kings Farm B&B    Bed and Breakfast in Withypool
Kings Farm is a luxury AA appointed 5 star bed and breakfast accommodation in an enviable position alongside the beautiful river Barle, in Exmoors most popular village of Withypool. The country house is found at the end of a tree-lined drive, surrounded by its own land, facing south across beautifully landscaped gardens. It is an idyllic secluded retreat offering peace and tranquillity..


Buses serving Withypool


THE BEST bus map linked to timetables is at the Devon CC website here - www.devon.gov.uk

401 Bampton/Dulverton/Winsford/Withypool/Exford/Simonsbath/Lynmouth (Aug/Sept only)

Timetables & all public transport services/route planning can be accessed here: www.travelinesw.com