Winsford is an ancient moorland village, famed for the understated charm of it's cottages, its ford, the village green and it's eight bridges which span both the River Exe and the Winn brook.
St Mary Magdalene Church has a 27m. tower which dominates the village. There are six bells, four of which date from 1765. Inside is a fine example of a painted panel which dates from 1609. The Norman font and the 13th C. iron work on the doors contribute to the church's Grade I listing.
Winsford Hill to the west and Howe hill to the east shelter Winsford from the worst of the moorland weather. The village appears in the Domesday Book (1085). There are many foot paths and bridleways throughout the parish.
Winsford lies within the Exmoor National Park, 5 miles north west of Dulverton and 8 miles south west of Dunster. The Royal Oak inn and the Karslake Hotel date from the 16th C. There is a shop and ENP Information Centre which also houses a part-time post office, the Winsford Garage, and the Halse Farm camp site. The Exmoor Community Computer Centre has a drop in internet facility, a printing shop, a weekly surgery and offers various courses.
Winsford Hill, where the Anchor herd of Exmoor ponies freely roam, is the location of the Wambarrows, bronze age burial sites, and the standing 'Caractacus' stone believed to have been erected by pagan inhabitants of the village as a memorial, and bearing the inscription CARAACI NEPUS, possibly 5th C. and first documented in 1219. The huge Punchbowl is the southernmost geological formation from the last ice age. The ancient clapper bridge at Tarr Steps, on the Barle river, is another rarity.
Films and Theatre
Film nights are held regularly at Winsford Village Hall and are open to everyone. Details can be found in the Events Diary.
Theatre nights at Winsford Village Hall and are open to everyone. Details can be found in the Events Diary.
Sports and Activities
A number of sports and activity clubs take place in Winsford which are open to members and visitors alike. They include Bowls, Bridge, Gardening and Pilates.
Times and contact details can be found on the Regular Events page.
There are many footpaths and bridleways throughout the parish of Winsford on Exmoor. 'Winsford Hill & the Allotment from Winsford' is an example found on the Walking Britain website.