The Washford River rises close to the village and flows through the valley, with Pooltown taken taking its name from the large number of pools on the river there. The area was once a centre for mining but is now dominated by farming and forestry. It is a deeply wooded area laying at 600ft and a good point for exploring the forests of the Brendon Hills.
St Mary’s church dates back to Norman times, whilst a new window was fitted as recently as 2002. Many of the cottages in the area are thatched and the village inn, dating back to the 18th century, is well regarded.