Towns & Villages

Dunster Castle and medieval village

Dunster Castle, a National Trust property, is full of local history and a wonderful place to visit. Make sure you take in the views from behind the Castle up near the enclosed Victorian reservoir and do visit the water mill below.

Dunster castle and medieval village
The yarn market Dunster village
Dunster castle
River Avill at Dunster

Minehead, its shops and beaches.

North Hill and the harbour are the older parts of Minehead and need investigating to get a feel for the local history. Day tickets to Butlins in Minehead are sometimes available but need to be booked in advance directly via their own website.

West Somerset Railway (WSR) at Minehead
Minehead railway station
Minehead sandy beach
North Hill, Minehead - Stunning walks and views from here

Sampford Brett

A lovely picturesque little village with St Georges church which contains the tomb of one of the four assassins of Thomas a’Becket!

A view over Sampford Brett
Sampford Brett historic village
Sampford Brett
St George's church, Sampford Brett. Grade II listed Build c.1300


Watchet is an ancient and vibrant harbour town with great character, many independent shops and a heritage railway station. Part of the east quay is presently undergoing a very exciting refurbishment and will include art workshops and studios, a gallery and restaurant. Opening Summer 2021.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Ancient Mariner, Watchet
Watchet heritage railway station
Watchet lighthouse
Watchet historic harbour


A beautiful Historic Market Town situated on the River Barle on the edge of Exmoor. It has a range of lovely independent shops and cafes and is popular with visitors all year round.

Tarr Steps, Withypool, near Dulverton

Lynton & Lynmouth

Lynton & Lynmouth are elegantly connected by a Cliff Railway, the highest and steepest fully water powered Victorian railway in the World!  Picturesque Lynmouth provides a romantic escape with its rows of charming fishing cottages and shops that cluster around the pretty harbour of gently bobbing boats. Lynton, perched high above, is a vibrant Victorian village and the gateway to The Valley of the Rocks.

Lynmouth harbour
Funicular railway linking Lynmouth and Lynton
Valley of rocks
Watersmeet National Trust. Delightful cafe, fly fishing and Ancient woodland
East Lyn river


Selworthy village is owned by the National Trust and sits within the Holnicote Estate where beavers were recently re-introduced. This is a timeless rural landscape of thatched cottages and a fine medieval church. Enjoy walks through wooded combes with sweeping views across the vale to Dunkery Beacon, Exmoor's highest point.

View from Selworthy
Selworthy church
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