Historical & Cultural
The Bishops Palace
East Lambrook Manor Gardens
Fantastic events across Somerset West and Taunton this month!
Somerset Towns and Villages
Visiting, Staying & Living in Somerset
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Fascinating Somerset Facts
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One of the best ways to appreciate the beauty of the west side of the County must be the marvellous West Somerset Railway – the longest heritage railway in England. You can ride from just outside Taunton all the way to Minehead passing immaculately maintained stations, signal boxes, a castle and a harbour. The countryside is sumptuous and it is easy to see how it inspired some of this Country’s greatest poets.
It was while Coleridge was living at Nether Stowey that he and his friends Dorothy and William Wordsworth took frequent walks in the Quantock Hills and along the coast. These led them to examine the natural world and their place in it. The result formed the foundations of the Romantic movement in this country and no wonder! Today you can follow in their footsteps by taking the Coleridge Way from the National Trust owned Coleridge Cottage to Lynmouth on the other side of the Somerset border.
Protected by law as the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to be designated back in 1956, the Quantock Hills are famous for their heathland, oak woods and Jurassic Coast. Look out for thatched cottages, wild ponies, panoramic views and whortleberries. They lead onto Exmoor National Park, a unique landscape shaped by people and nature over thousands of years.
Self catering cottages and lodges in Somerset on the edge of Exmoor National Park near Minehead seafront and shops, 1.5 miles. Wheelchair friendly, disabled access self catering cottages on Exmoor. Dog friendly cottages in Somerset/Devon border
Porlock is a place for everyone and all seasons. Porlock is a special and unique village. It has retained much of its medieval charm including the 13th Century church of St Dubricius with its famous truncated spire and many attractive and historic buildings.
As befits a County Town, Taunton is steeped in history and has much to entertain our visitors, from the superb Somerset Museum in the remnants of the castle to the Cricket Ground and Racecourse. A centre for Arts and Culture, it has shops, cafes, restaurants, riverside walks and a weekly Farmers’ Market.Rooted between the majestic Quantock Hills, Somerset Levels and the woodland-cloaked Blackdowns, Taunton’s lively nature plays host to major sports centre Somerset County Cricket Club. It’s also a growing business hub, serviced by a vibrant hospitality culture.
A rich legacy as a port and commercial centre is joined by Europe’s largest illuminated carnival, which lights up the streets every November.
A friendly town set in the wide valley between the Brendon and Blackdown Hills, Wellington gave its name to the famous 'Iron Duke', victor of the Battle of Waterloo. The 175ft column built on the scarp edge of the Blackdowns was erected in his honour: at night it is an illuminated landmark for miles around.
Minehead premier gardens just off the town centre and a few minutes’ walk from the sea front and the harbour
Holistic Wellbeing Event in Dunster Tithe Barn
Storywalks are simple digital trails, which are accessible through the browser in smart phones and tablets. Just click on the web link, all info is then downloaded and away you go. The walks are free and at the end is a geocache log for you to sign.
The South West Coast Path is England’s longest waymarked footpath running for 630 miles from Minehead. This first section is 8.9 miles and takes you to Porlock Weir.