The Exmoor coast is short but endlessly varied. Towards the eastern end, around Kilve and East Quantoxhead, the land meets
the sea in a flat embrace at the feet of the Quantock Hills. The ancient port of Watchet lies here, with its Old Worlde charm,
tangle of narrow back lanes and quaint shops, all leading to the swish new Marina, whilst Blue Anchor and Minehead have their
lively holiday beaches, with the steam trains of the West Somerset Railway hooting and puffing in the background.
The western flank of Foreland Point shelters Lynmouth in its wooded cleft, with its sister village of Lynton perched high above.
The dramatic Heddon’s Mouth, where river boulders are overshadowed by vast cliff faces leads to the long, rugged coast
around Red Cleave, Watermouth and Blackstone Point and drops at last to the sheltered resorts of Combe Martin and Woolacombe,
with their sandy bays.
Minehead offers traditional seaside fun. It is an attractive, flower-filled resort with a wide, smart new promenade and large
sandy beach. It has won regional, national and international awards for its floral displays. The colourful, popular seafront
is filled with family attractions and amusements, but, do not overlook the resort’s quieter corners – the pretty
area around Quay Street and the harbour, beautiful Blenheim Gardens and the picturesque Higher Town with its lime washed
Walk the coast path the convenient way, with the help of local bus services (details from information centres). Or, why not
view it from a smuggler’s perspective on a cruise from Lynmouth, Minehead or Watchet.
In 2003, Porlock was crowned the ‘best large village in Somerset’. Visit the quaint village and find out why!
Just a few minutes away is the charming, friendly Porlock Weir – an artist’s delight and craft haven.
The ‘Valley of the Rocks’ is an amazing place, known as Lynton and Lynmouth’s spectacular ‘Little
Switzerland’. The dry valley (no river flows here any longer) is lined with craggy outcrops that have been eroded into
fantastic shapes. Look out for the wild goats, as well as the stunning sea views!