Things to do

Dunster Village
Medieval village with Castle, Yarn Market, Priory Church, Exmoor National Park Visitors’ Centre, High Street offering character art and craft shops, deli, tempting tearooms, pubs and restaurants.

Dunster Castle
Dramatically sited on a wooded hill, a castle has existed here since at least Norman times. It became a lavish country home during the 19th century for the Luttrell family, who lived here for 600 years. It's now run by the National Trust and open from March to October.

Dunster Crown Estates
Well marked trails offer a range of short walks from 1 to 7 miles, all accessible directly from the cottage.  A leaflet is available at the cottage. 

Dunster Beach
A 3 mile circular walk from the cottage takes you down to Dunster Beach (via the Riverside Jubilee walk and across the Steam Railway line), along the beach in front of the splendid row of well maintained beach huts, and back through country lanes to the cottage.

Exmoor National Park
Stunning scenery, walks and wildlife in abundance.  Exmoor Ponies roam freely. Red Deer commonly spotted by visitors. There is a Visitors' Centre in Dunster village.

West Somerset Railway
Dunster Station is an easy 1 mile walk. The West Somerset Railway is the longest standard gauge heritage railway in the United Kingdom at 20 miles (33 km) in length. Services operate between Minehead and Bishops Lydeard, and sometimes further afield.

Seaside town with a good choice of shops and supermarkets with a beach and harbour.               

Butlins Minehead
Day tickets are available for the indoor pool and other attractions               

South West Coast Path
The 630 mile South West Coast Path starts in Minehead (and finishes in Poole, Dorset)

Porlock village
Porlock is a traditional Exmoor village with pubs, hotels, restaurants and galleries. Shops supplying all that you need can be found in the High Street.

Porlock Weir
Porlock Weir, only 2 miles away from Porlock, is a quaint little harbour with a unique charm that has to be experienced. Pubs and shops.

Selworthy Village & Holnicote Estate
National Trust village with thatched cottages with excellent cream teas at the Periwinkle tea-room.

Wimbleball Lake
For those who enjoy fishing and water sports, cycling and walking, Wimbleball Lake is easily accessible by car.

Quantock Hills
The Quantock Hills were England’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Various access points include the village of Holford.     

Coleridge Cottage & Nether Stowey
The 17th-century cottage was home to the Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and now run by the National Trust. Nether Stowey is a busy, thriving village in a conservation area.

The Coleridge Way
A 51 miles walk throught he stunning Somerset countryside of the Quantock Hills, the Brendon Hills and Exmoor.       

National Trust - Dramatic river gorge, ancient woodlands, tea garden and shop in stunning surroundings.  The 2 mile easy walk along the river from Lynmouth is a must!  The walk can be extended by following the river further to Rockord in the Brendon valley.  Alternatively, park in the designated pay-and-display car park and walk down the zig-zag path to Watersmeet.               

Lynton & Lynmouth
Scenic villages by the sea linked by funicular railway. The drive from Dunster takes you right across Exmoor with stunning views. The Putting Green at Lynmouth is a firm family favourite!

Lynton & Barnspaple railway
More than 78 years after the railway's closure, you can once more ride in a steam train made up of original L&B coaches at England's highest narrow-gauge railway station - the delightfully named Woody Bay Station - 1,000 feet up on wild Exmoor.

Malmsmead & Doone Valley
Lorna Doone was a fictional character created by R.D. Blackmore using the landscape of this area as a basis for the novel. Explore the heart of Lorna Doone Country from Malmsmead where there is a large car park, gift shop and café.

Heddon's Mouth & Hunters Inn
Park at Hunters Inn by the National Trust shop. Follow the deep, lush wooded river valley down to the sea at Heddon's Mouth beach – a great walk for all of the family.

Arlington Court
Arlington Court is an unexpected jewel on the edge of Exmoor, a complete family estate held by the Chichester family for over five hundred years and now run by the National Trust. The Regency house has a collection which consists of treasures from model ships to shells. There is also a must-see Carriage Museum.

Woolacombe Beach & Mortehoe
Stunning 3 mile stretch of golden sand at Woolacombe  - every child's dream! Stunning walk around headland linking Mortehoe and Woolacombe - watch out for seals basking in the sun!

Lundy Island
Lundy lies off the coast of North Devon, a granite outcrop, three miles long and half a mile wide. In the hubbub of the modern world it is a place apart, peaceful and unspoiled, with magnificent wildlife. Lundy is never crowded, even in the height of summer. Boats from Ilfracombe and Bideford.

Minehead has an 18-hole Golf Course, however there is a spectacular 18-hole Golf Course at Ilfracombe which welcomes visitors.

Clover Cottage, Dunster   Clover Cottage, Dunster
Watersmeet, East Lyn River
  • Walking the South West Coast Path

  • Heddons Mouth

  • Lundy Island

  • Overlooking Lynton and Lynmouth

  • Minehead beach

  • Exmoor ponies overlooking Porlock Vale

  • Porlock Weir

  • Selworthy Green (NT)

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