If you are heading to Dunster for a getaway, you will discover the glorious countryside surrounding it. It’s very close to the edge of Exmoor and the coast. There are plenty of lovely towns and villages worth exploring whilst you are in the area. So here are six of the most beautiful places you should spend time in during your trip to the Dunster, Somerset area.
Minehead is quite famous for hosting Butlins, but there is undoubtedly much more than that to explore if you are in the area. It’s a historical harbour town with some gorgeous beaches and one end of the Heritage West Somerset Steam Railway that runs in the area. The train ride is magical; there is something extraordinary about the click-clack of a steam train as it winds along the coast, a return ticket allows you to explore the area without needing a car, and it will bring you back to Minehead whenever you need.
Many of the most beautiful places in the area are set on the coastline, and Watchet is no exception. It is another harbour town facing the Bristol Channel, and behind it is the magic of Exmoor National Park and the Quantock Hills. The cliffs that tower on either side of the harbour are of geological interest, and it’s a great place to take children fossil hunting. It’s a station on the steam railway line and features a Radio Museum, a Market House Museum and a Boat Museum, all of which are fascinating.
Porlock has the feel of stepping back in time; it is a 13th-century village with Saint Dubricus church at the centre. It’s a laid-back Village with thatched cottages and plenty of character. There are opportunities to head out onto the coast and walk for miles, or you can look around the craft shops that have gathered there. It attracts talented artists and loads of galleries and handmade creations are waiting to be purchased. From the Weir, you can see right across the Bristol Channel to Wales on a clear day.
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If you leave Minehead and head towards Bridgewater, you will find Kilve. It’s a very picturesque setting, and there are some fascinating historical remains, including ruins from an old Chantry, which was initially founded in 1329. The story goes that this was the storage place for spirits smuggled in barrels to Kilve Pill.
Blue Anchor has a fantastic stretch of pebbled beach, which is perfect for walking the dogs and gives you an excellent view of the steam trains as they pass. There are some lovely Cafes and pubs, but only a little else in the way of shopping is available. However, it’s certainly well worth a visit, and there are some authentic beach huts (sometimes for sale!)
Small but perfectly formed. Bossington is a great location to escape the hustle and bustle of life for five minutes. The National Trust looks after it and features a pebbly Beach and a delightful tearoom. In the village, you will find delights that are perfect on postcards with fabulous, thatched cottages and plenty of history.