The Quantocks AONB - Celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2016

The Quantocks AONB - Celebrating its 60th Anniversary in 2016

West Somerset, Exmoor and the Quantocks offers up a host of coast and country things to do, and one of England’s best steam railway rides. Here’s a selection of fantastic attractions and things to do in an area perfect for walking, wildlife watching and holidays with dogs. Alongside spectacular walking in the area, you’ll also find many dog friendly attractions including the West Somerset Railway and great walks around the gardens at Dunster Castle.

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West Somerset Railway - England's Longest Heritage Railway

The West Somerset Railway

Take a ride on the West Somerset Railway, a branch line of the old Great Western Railway pushing through spectacular countryside and along the coast. Station stops are at Bishops Lydeard, Williton, Watchet, Dunster and Minehead. Dogs are welcome on this the longest heritage railway in England.

Watchet Harbour

Watchet Harbour

Watchet Harbour

Tread in the footsteps of Romantic poet Coleridge and stroll around beautiful Watchet harbour on the coast – pick up tours from the tourist information centre on the Esplanade.

Dunster Castle

Dunster Castle

Dunster Castle

Discover an ancient castle with subtropical gardens in Exmoor – visit spectacular Dunster Castle. Dogs welcome in the gardens!

Porlock Bay on the Somerset Exmoor Coast

Porlock Bay on the Somerset Exmoor Coast

The Coleridge Way & South West Coast Path

Walk The Coleridge Way – 51 miles of glorious scenery linking sights and scenes famously associated with the Romantic poet, and the trail links the Quantocks to Exmoor.

Love coastal walking – magnificent coastal walking features in the West Somerset area from the start of the 630 mile long South West Coast Path which starts in Minehead and pushes west along Exmoor’s heritage coast.

Quantocks 60th Anniversary Year

It’s the perfect time to explore the spectacular Quantocks Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. What you might not know is that The Quantock Hills were England’s first designated AONB and this year the AONB is celebrating its 60th Anniversary! Don’t miss a week long package of events at the end of June into July – The Quantock Experience – centred around Halsway Manor.

Where to Stay

Find great places to stay along the West Somerset Railway route below. This classic steam railway ride makes it easy to explore the area and four legged furry friends are welcome onboard. If you’re holidaying with dogs, stay in at Arden Cottage Bed & Breakfast who specialise in ensuring dogs have an enjoyable stay. Browse more accommodation around the railway route below and book your West Somerset escape in the 60th Anniversary year of The Quantock Hills.

Accommodation near West Somerset Railway

  • Minehead   (4.4 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
    Sleeps 2
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    £380
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    Spacious one bedroom holiday bungalow in Exmoor close to the wonderful beaches at Blue Anchor and Watchet. Conservatory, lovely garden, parking. No pets. Off peak short breaks.
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  • Watchet   (3.5 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
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    £206
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 2
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    Fabulous studio apartment in Watchet just a short walk from the steam railway and harbour with off road parking for one car. Ideal gateway into Exmoor and the Quantocks. Sleeps 2.
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  • The Quantock Hills   (4.8 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
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    £490
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    Idyllic two bedroom cottage in the Quantock Hills with plenty of period features, wonderful views & excellent facilities such as Wi-Fi & Sky TV. Wood burner. Dog friendly.
     
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  • Monksilver   (2.3 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
    Sleeps 5
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    £390
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 5
     
    Beautifully presented period cottage on the edge of Exmoor National Park with 3 bedrooms, attractive patio garden, wood burner & off road parking. Short breaks. Dog friendly.
     
  • The Quantock Hills   (4.8 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
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    £2,940
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    Luxury estate in the Quantock Hills ideal for family celebration with 10 bedrooms available, plenty of outdoor space with hot tub, games room & parking for 10 cars. Dog friendly.
     
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  • The Quantock Hills   (4.8 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
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    £2,450
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 14
     
    Beautiful Quantock Hills celebration house with 7 bedrooms, wood fired hot tub, table tennis, games room & large garden. 6 bathrooms, Sky TV & Wi-Fi. Short breaks. Dog friendly.
     
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  • Taunton   (2.3 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
    Sleeps 4
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    £351
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    Charming newly refurbished annex providing modern accommodation for couples or small families visiting Exmoor National Park. Dishwasher, washing machine, Freesat TV. No pets.
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  • Williton   (2.0 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
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    £38
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    Award winning bed and breakfast in Somerset. Comfortable rooms, hearty breakfasts, wi-fi, off road secure parking. Spa treatments. Dog friendly rooms available. 5 mins to beaches.
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  • The Quantock Hills   (4.8 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
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    £350
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 2
     
    Luxury cottage for two in the Quantock Hills with wood burner stove, parking for 2 cars, Sky TV, Wi-Fi service, garden & nearby steam railway. Short breaks. Pet friendly.
     
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  • The Quantock Hills   (4.8 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
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    £840
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 6
     
    Beautifully converted three bedroom barns in the Quantock Hills with two bath/ shower rooms, garden, exposed beams, wood burner, Sky TV & parking for four cars. Pet friendly.
     
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  • Minehead   (4.4 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
    Sleeps 4
    Prices from
    £410
    Per wee, seasonal
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    Charming single storey holiday cottage in Exmoor ideal for exploring the Quantocks, Brendon Hills or coastline. Lovely shared gardens, two bedrooms, fully fitted kitchen. No pets.
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  • West Bagborough   (5.2 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
    Sleeps 12
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    £1,400
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 12
     
    Substantial 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom Somerset cottage offering wonderful views over the Quantock Hills. Games room, large garden, Aga & dog friendly facilities. Wi-Fi service.
     
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  • Watchet   (2.4 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
    Sleeps 4
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    £260
    Per Week (Seasonal) sleeps 4
     
    Well equipped self catering holiday bungalows near Watchet close to the Quantock Hills. Two bedrooms, enclosed gardens, kitchen with freezer & washing machine. Sleep 4.
     
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  • Blue Anchor Bay   (4.7 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
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    £280
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    A family friendly caravan park situated between Watchet and Dunster on the Somerset coast. Most caravans enjoy spectacular sea views over Blue Anchor Bay.
     
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  • Nether Stowey   (5.3 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
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    £33
    Per person B&B (2 sharing)
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    Charming guesthouse with B&B, Quantock Hills location. In Nether Stowey near Bridgwater. Great brewery breaks & walking holidays. Pets & dogs welcome. Ideal for a weekend away!
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  • Bicknoller   (0.5 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
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    £314
    Per week (seasonal) sleeps 5-9
     
    Our Bicknoller self-catering cottages (three in total), provide Somerset accommodation close to the coast, within easy reach of the Exmoor National Park.
     
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  • Washford   (3.6 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
    Sleeps 9
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    £707
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 9
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    This detached cottage is located in the village of Washford in Somerset and can sleep nine people in four bedrooms.
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  • Washford   (3.1 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
    Sleeps 8
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    £652
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    This lovely, detached barn conversion in Washford, Somerset, sleeps eight in four bedrooms.
     
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