Minehead & Porlock Weir
Minehead is considered the northern gateway to Exmoor and offers a superb destination for families seeking a traditional seaside holiday. As the largest town in the area, it offers the perfect opportunity to explore the scenery of Exmoor and The Quantocks and is the starting point for the South West Coast Path. Minehead is also well known for its rail history and is home to the longest heritage railway in England – enjoy a steam train journey through the picturesque countryside for a unique experience. For visitors later in the year, get in the festive spirit and enjoy the dark night skies with the popular ‘Dunster by Candlelight’ event, where the historic market town is transported to older times and lit only by candles.
Just down the road, pretty Porlock Weir developed around the harbour and offers stunning views of the Exmoor coast. Full of quaint buildings dating back to the 17th century, Porlock Weir also boasts a number of fine restaurants, making the most of the local produce, and boutique hotels. Apart from being a good starting point for a number of circular walks, Porlock Weir is also a great destination for wildlife enthusiasts – the local saltmarsh offers a wonderful habitat for coastal birds, whilst the remains of a prehistoric forest can be viewed at a very low tide.