Fabulous Things to Do in West Somerset & The Quantocks

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.

West Somerset Railway - England's Longest Heritage Railway

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.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.