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

  • Watchet   (2.4 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
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    Wonderful coastal holiday park in Somerset with indoor & outdoor pools, zip wire, kid's clubs, entertainment, cafe bar & Wi-Fi service. Short break deals. Dog friendly.
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  • Watchet   (3.1 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
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    Self-catering bungalow close to Minehead in Somerset. Family friendly. Buckets and spades provided for kids. Free parking for 2 cars. Patio garden with barbeque. Beach close by.
     
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  • Stogumber   (1.5 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
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    £30
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    B&B gem in Stogumber village between the Quantock and Brendon Hills with walled garden, bar, tea & cakes on arrival and Aga cooked breakfasts. Family friendly and accessible room.
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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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  • 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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  • Washford   (3.1 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
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    £405
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    This lovely barn conversion half a mile from Washford sleeps four people in two bedrooms.
     
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  • Washford   (3.1 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
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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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  • 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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  • Watchet   (3.2 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
     
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    Bank House is a handsome, Grade II- listed, Georgian merchant s house conveniently situated close to the centre of the historic harbour town of Watchet, a minute s walk away fro...
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  • Watchet   (2.4 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
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    £209
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    Holiday Park in green & tranquil setting on the Somerset coast with fun days for all the family. Great range of self catering family holiday accommodation.
     
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  • Exmoor National Park   (4.5 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
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    £2,000
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    Located in Exmoor National Park, this guest accommodation is set in a working farm, which dates back to 1804. Produce from Wood Advent Farm is served in the full English breakfa...
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  • Washford   (3.1 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
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    £635
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    This delightful, character barn conversion in Washford sleeps eight in four bedrooms.
     
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  • Williton   (2.0 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
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    With a stay at The White House - Guest House in Taunton (Exmoor National Park), you'll be minutes from Bakelite Museum and close to Cleeve Abbey. This 4-star guesthouse is withi...
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  • Nether Stowey   (5.4 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
    Sleeps 2
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    £469
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    Romantic former toll house cottage in Nether Stowey with plenty of unique features. Short breaks. No children/ babies. Cast iron slipper bath, arched windows, exposed beams.
     
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  • West Quantoxhead   (1.4 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
    Sleeps 4
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    This detached character cottage in West Quantoxhead sleeps four people in two bedrooms.
     
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  • Minehead   (4.4 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
     
     
    Wisteria Cottage is situated off the slate-cobbled courtyard at The Dragon House Hotel. Its full of the character you would imagine in a 300 year old cottage, but still offers t...
     
  • Williton   (2.1 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
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    Grade II Listed coaching inn at Williton, between Exmoor & the Quantocks, close to the Somerset Coast. Five en-suite rooms, Full English Breakfast, pub meals, real ales & parking.
     
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  • Williton   (1.1 miles from the centre of West Somerset Railway)
    Sleeps 7
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    Spacious semi-detached cottage near Monksilver with stunning views towards the Quantocks and Exmoor. Dog friendly with WiFi, conservatory, enclosed garden and parking. Sleeps 7.
     
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