The Exmoor National Park is only a short drive away. With its steep-sided valleys, scenic lakes, heather clad moorland, clear flowing rivers and dramatic gorges to the sea. There are numerous activities that can be arranged: Fishing, riding, jeep safaris to name but a few.http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk
Watchet is a delightful small harbour town with a maritime history going back over two millennia. A seaport and market town in the parish of St. Decuman, hundred of Williton, five miles east of Dunster.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watchet
Dunster Castle and village are an irresistable tourist draw. Their position between the coast and Exmoor make them an unmissable stop. The castle dominates a steep hill overlooking the picturesque village of Dunster with views across the sea to Wales.http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-dunstercastle.htm
Situated between Minehead and Watchet is the beautiful Blue Anchor Bay. A dog walkers paradise as it seldom gets over-crowded. (Dogs allowed on the beach all year round).
The Quantock hills are a rolling range of hills sweeping south from the Somerset coast towards Bridgwater and Taunton and are protected as an area of outstanding natural beauty. Deep wooded valleys on the slopes contrast with the open moorland summits creating beautiful landscapes in every direction. Attractive villages and hamlets cluster at the foot of the slopes. The hills are a magnet for walkers, horse-riders and nature lovers. Red deer and ponies graze amongst the bracken and birds of prey are often seen circling overhead. There are many delightful places to picnic and enjoy the views.
There are great views of the West Somerset Railway from Catwell’s Garden. The WSR recaptures the era of the branch line country railway in the days of steam. Enjoy twenty miles of glorious Somerset scenery as the train gently rolls back the years on its journey beside the Quantock Hills to the Bristol Channel coast. Just sit back in your seat and watch the steam and the countryside drift past the window.