This Exmoor Village is home of The Rest and Be Thankful Pub and Snowdrop Valley Wheddon Cross, viewed from Dunkery Beacon

Wheddon Cross

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.


Set on a working farm near Wheddon Cross, Hedgehog Cottage promises serenity wonderful countryside views. The pet-friendly cottage offers fresh air & spacious grounds as well as a log fire, country charm & contemporary luxury. Stay in the highest village in Exmoor and explore the country & coast.

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Blagdon Cottage is an elegant rural cottage in a peaceful location in Wheddon Cross in Somerset. The semi-detached cottage welcomes pets and sleeps 7/8 people, and offers ample grounds with country views, a lovely garden, wooden panelling, and open-plan design, a delightful sunroom and tranquility.

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.