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enjoys a lovely setting overlooking the Bristol Channel and has a pretty harbour and safe sandy beach. Minehead railway station is the seafront terminus of Britain’s longest preserved steam railway, with 20 miles of the most beautiful West Somerset countryside, hidden pretty villages and picturesque seaside railway stations.

is an idyllic medieval village set within Exmoor National Park. The village is dominated by its imposing 11th century castle, which is dramatically situated on a wooded hill and was home to the Luttrell family for over 600 years. The Yarn Market in the High Street shows the village’s wool trading heritage that held sway of the towns economy for hundreds of years.


Lundy Island,
a granite outcrop 3½ miles long and ½ a mile wide is an unspoilt haven of peace and tranquility. Most of the buildings are constructed from the island’s own beautiful light coloured granite. There is also a 13th century castle and a lighthouse. Visitors are transported to the island aboard Lundy’s own ship, the MS Oldenburg, which moors at Bideford.


Combe Martin
lies in a beautiful valley on the western edge of Exmoor. The two mile main street is reputed to be the longest in England and features a wide selection of cafés, inns and shops. Local attractions include Combe Martin Museum and a Wildlife and Dinosaur park.


is situated on the Atlantic Heritage Coast and has some of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall and a historic sea lock, which opened in 1823 and is still in operation today. Nearby Stratton was the stronghold of King Charles and the Royalists and many of the area’s churches still bear the Royal Crest decreed by the King to his loyal Cornishmen during the Civil War.


is the oldest borough in England and often wins awards for its floral displays. There are several interesting buildings, including St Anne’s Chapel, St Peter’s Church with its leaning spire and the Three Tuns Tavern. Visitors can view the interesting mosaic which was commissioned for the milennium, depicting the history of the town.


is officially the largest village in England with a history dating back to the 6th century, much of which is evident in the old village’s narrow streets. The museum, which is housed in a former bakehouse, offers an insight into the history of the village and there is an interesting range of artefacts and exhibitions.


Westward Ho!
was named after the book of the same name written by Charles Kingsley in the mid 1800’s. It has over two miles of golden sands protected by its famous pebble ridge. The promenade offers all of the traditional seaside attractions and the bustling village centre has a good selection of shops, pubs and cafés.


sits on the meeting point of the rivers Taw and Torridge. This quaint little fishing village has been a famous boat-building centre for centuries and its shipyard is still active today. The village boasts a small but good selection of shops, art galleries, tea rooms and pubs, as well as a lively quayside.


nestles snugly amongst the rugged cliffs of the majestic Atlantic coast and has been a popular tourist resort since Victorian times. The town has a growing reputation for its floral displays and is a frequent winner of Britain In Bloom awards.


Great Torrington
is an ancient settlement set upon an inland cliff top above the River Torridge, providing spectacular views of Tarka Country; the wonderful landscape has remained practically unchanged since Henry Williamson wrote his classic novel ‘Tarka the Otter‘ in the 1920’s. The town boasts a good number of tourist attractions, considering its relatively small size, including the world-renowned Dartington Glass and the Royal Horticultural Society Gardens.


steeped in myth and magic, is allegedly the birthplace of the legendary King Arthur. Tintagel Castle is Cornwall’s most iconic site; a stronghold of the Earls of Cornwall, the castle was built in the 13th century and although it now lies in ruins, it still exudes an air of power and intrigue.