The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
Situated in the highest village on Exmoor, it's been serving travellers for around 200 years.
Dunster Beach enjoys beautiful views of Blue Anchor Bay and out towards the Bristol Channel. A mixture of sand and pebbles, the beach is overlooked by the West Somerset Railway Line and is easily accessible via the South West Coast Path. There are also lots of parking options, with car parks and separate parking close by. With dogs only restricted from certain parts of the beach, Dunster's flat sands, gentle gradient and lovely scenery make it a lovely spot to breathe in the fresh air and go for a walk.
Snowdrop Valley lies on the River Anvill in eastern Exmoor, near the village of Wheddon Cross. The valley has become such a popular spot for walking during snowdrop season (usually February) that the road is closed off to general traffic and the Exmoor National Park Authority operates a park-and-ride service from Wheddon Cross to Snowdrop Valley during this period. (See website for regularly updated details.) Welllies or walking shoes recommended.
In a spectacular position on Exmoor, surrounded by unspoilt, raw beauty, Dunster is a medieval village largely untouched by the relentless march of modern life. The streets are lined with unusual boutique shops, traditional pubs and pretty tea rooms. There is so much to do here – the outdoorsy will want to pull on their boots and take a ramble across Exmoor, girls of every age will love the Doll’s Museum and the romance of Dunster Castle will enchant everyone.
Encapsulating a thousand years of history in its walls, Dunster Castle has many a story to tell. Wander around and learn all about its past. Perched high on a richly wooded hillside, the castle boasts magnificent views over Somerset countryside and beautiful walks in the surrounding parklands and gardens. Intrigue extends underground too, with and old Victorian reservoir open to the public.
A great day at the castle
Being a National Trust member, it's a great day out. Activities for the children, and garden walk great as well as the castle. There's an activity pack for them in the castle. Nice picnic area too. Beautiful castle.
A vast stretch of water in Exmoor National Park where you can try lessons in sailing, windsurfing and canoeing. Permits for angling and fly fishing are available onsite from the Angling and Watersports Centre. For land lovers, there's a tea room, children's play area, bird watching and walks, including a nine-mile circular walk around the lake and the Woodland Discovery Trail.
Lovely day out.....
Lovely walk, very peaceful it took my 14 year old son and I four hours to walk the 9 miles. Nice cafe by the lake which served amazingly yummy ice cream. Parking was reasonably priced £4.30 covered our walk and the toilets on site were clean too.
Very long walk
We walked right round this lake (9 miles according to the website)it took us about four and a half hours and it was very muddy in places,but well worth the effort. Shame it was the time of year when the tea rooms were closed! Beautiful scenery.
This well-managed lake has a good programme of events to get involved in, with numerous nature-themed walks, including a Dawn Chorus Walk and evening Bat Walk, as well as 'fish off' competitions!
Take a trip back to an era of steam and soak up the atmosphere of bygone days. Twenty miles of track wends its way through the Somerset scenery from Bishops Lydeard, northwards below the Quantock Hills to the coast at Watchet and Blue Anchor, arriving at the end of the line at the seaside holiday town of Minehead. Stop off along the way to explore one of the restored stations, or just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.
Minehead to Watchet and back - great experience and well worth the price, especially as we were able to take the dogs with us (at a small additional cost)
From minehead to blue anchor
A great experience, the children loved the railway. To get the best value for money, we just did minehead to blue anchor (20 mins each way). It was enough for the children, and we played on the beach at blue anchor and had ice cream before getting the train back.
Only two and half miles from Bumble Bee Barn. A very good day out for adults and children.
What a treat!
Perfect for a family outing, an amazing trip back in time.
From Minehead to Dunster and back.
Walking along the coast from Minehead towards Dunster and looking inland you might be lucky enough to spot a telltale trail of steam in the distance billowing across the countryside, you can even smell it if the wind is blowing in the right direction. A short walk brings you to the picturesque West Somerset Railway station at Dunster where you feel you have stepped back in time; with vintage signage and signals, luggage trolleys and even your boarding ticket looks as it might have done. Take the opportunity to sit in the rose garden and enjoy a savoury cream tea at the Victorian tea rooms in Dunster village before boarding the fantastic steam train back to Minehead.
Drive up onto Exmoor from Wheddon Cross and park at Dunkery Gate just as you get on National Trust land, then choose an open moorland walk to the top of Dunkery Beacon via a long or short route, where you will get a view over Porlock and across the Bristol Channel to Wales.
A very enjoyable walk and not to difficult. Well worth the effort, especially on a clear day. Pretty deserted in November but would imagine it gets quite busy in the summer months.
Well worth a visit and not too far to walk (you can choose long or short route!). Outstanding views right across to Wales on a clear day.
This is a good family friendly walk and due to this the summit can be quite busy on a summers day. Great views all around!
A relatively easy climb for all the family is rewarded with far reaching views on a clear day.
This village is in the heart of Exmoor’s most outstanding countryside. Here you’ll find the Exmoor National Park Centre, which has stacks of information regarding activities on the moors, plus some pleasant cafes and pubs for lunch or a cream tea.
Very nice town with pretty shops and good Pubs and Inns
This is an excellent display of local artefacts, pictures, countryside etc. Also railway history and a good kitchen display with a "talking" cook and housekeepr. Upstairs there is more to see - it is especially worthwhile sitting and watching 4 short videos of local events. All this for FREE although they ask for a donation. Coming into Dulverton turn left immediately after the bridge and follow the road around a big curve until it ends in the carpark with access to the centre. otherwise access through the information centre in the main street. This also has a good supply of maps, leaflets etc and the best postcards!
An interesting little town full of conveniences.
Dulverton is not exactly somewhere I could imagine spending an entire day at, but it does provide a good centre by which to stop by and stock up. There are plenty of conveniences such as a local co-op for your simple needs (bread, milk and some alcohols: beers...not wines, go somewhere decent for wine), small thrift shops as well as some tea rooms including Lewis's which is a personal favourite. There is a beautiful church at the top of the town which is worth popping into, and in the centre of town there is a fish and chip shop which opens at lunchtime from 12 noon until 2pm. There is also a bakery which sells a selection of baked breads, pies, sausage rolls as well as many sweet items, the game pie is delicious and enormously filling. The tea rooms near the co-op (I have forgotten the name!) are smaller than Lewis's but offers an entirely different ambience, more cosy and homely, helped in no small way by the warm, friendly manners of the owners (of which the landlady kindly ushered us in for tea as we oogled the menu outside, proclaiming the redundancy of pneumonia when there are menu's indoors to browse).
By far this is no Dunster or Tiverton etc, but it is a quaint little town that is central to lots of local attractions and is worth stopping by for an hour or two.
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