Places of Interest near Winsford
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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. The Royal Oak hosts an Exmoor Park information centre together with the shop,known as The Oak Stores which houses a part-time post office, there also Winsford Garage, and the Halse Farm camp site.
Winsford Hill, where the Anchor herd of Exmoor ponies freely roam, is the lo-cation of the Wambarrows, bronze age burial sites, and the standing ‘Caracta-cus’ 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.