Things to do

MINEHEAD is 4 miles from Grooms Cottage. It has a pretty harbour and the beautiful backdrop of North Hill that provides stunning views of Wales, Porlock Bay & Exmoor. An excellent viewpoint for evening sunsets and also a good start for walks across the moor and along the cliffs.Don’t forget to explore ‘old Minehead’ around St Michael’s Church with its much photographed and painted church steps and pretty cottages. There is also a welcoming links golf course and a small theatre showing some excellent local productions which also hosts visiting professional bands, theatre and dance companies.

DUNSTER ~ take time to wander around the cobbled streets of this medieval village.Visit the water-driven mill, the dovecote, the yarn market, the ancient castle and grounds and take time out to enjoy one of the many good eating places. Dunster Castle is a wonderful National Trust property with plenty of events throughout the year. Dunster Beach is about 1 mile from Dunster and has an unspoilt beach with traditional chalets – a lovely place to stroll.There is an abundance of wildlife and rare flora at the beach.  The1st weekend in December sees Dunster stage 2 days & evenings without traffic and lit by candles. Enchanting!

SELWORTHY ~ the pretty village of thatched cottages around the village green is well worth a visit.Enjoy the spectacular view from the white painted church that overlooks the village.Cream tea at the tea rooms is a must!You can always walk off the calories through the beautiful woods.

PORLOCK & PORLOCK WEIR ~ a quaint, thriving village full of character with interesting shops.Porlock Weir is not to be missed.A pretty harbour where the ancient woodlands come down to the sea which laps the pebbled beach.Visit the craft shops and walk from here through the woods to the tiny Culbone Church. The smallest church in use in England

WATCHET~ Watchet is an ancient seaport with a modern marina.There are two good museums to visit. The Watchet Musem and the Watchet Boat musem.There are also plenty of places to eat and drink.Why not use the West Somerset Steam Railway to visit this facinating old town.

WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY – Enjoy a journey through the beautiful countryside to Bishops Lydeard have lunch in one of the good pubs and return to Minehead on the train.

TAUNTON ~ the county town is approximately 45 minutes away with excellent shops, the county cricket ground, museum, the Brewhouse Theatre and much, much more.

LYNTON & LYNMOUTH are within easy reach – a lovely drive over the moor with more spectacular views.You may like a break from driving and take the open-topped bus to get there. Enjoy a ride on the famous cliff railway while you are there.

THE NATIONAL TRUST properties of Arlington Court, Knightshayes Court and, of course, Dunster Castle are just a few of the interesting places to visit, and don’t forget the beautiful gardens at Rosemoor.

Snowdrop Valley.  This lovely valley is closed to cars during February so a quiet walk through is possible.  Walk downhill and return on a bus to the car park at the top.

Wild Red Deer on Exmoor

The Exmoor Pony is rarer than the giant panda and is unchanged since the last ice age.

Bats Castle is an Iron Age Fort overlooking the Avill valley and Dunster. (1 hour walk from Grooms Cottage)

View of Avill Valley from the Giants Chair on Grabbist behind Grooms Cottage

Grooms Cottage and Exmoor is beautiful in all seasons

WALKING ~ Exmoor can accommodate whatever type of walking you like, whether it be a gentle stroll beside the River Horner through the gnarled oaks (don’t forget to reward yourself with a cream tea at Horner!), a rugged cliff walk overlooking the sea or over open moorland with extensive views across the channel to Wales. Take your map and explore or use the National Park waymarked walks; you can pick up maps and guides at the Centre in Dunster.  DON’T FORGET THE NORTH DEVON & EXMOOR WALKING FESTIVAL  2ND – 9TH MAY.

RIDING ~ Exmoor offers the very best of riding country with many riding stables to choose from.   It is a wonderful way to experience Exmoor, to get off the beaten track and close to Red Deer, Exmoor ponies and other wild animals.

CYCLING ~ Wend your way around the country lanes at a pace in keeping with life here. If you bring your own bicycles there is undercover space for you to store them. There are designated mountain bike rides waymarked by the National Park close by.  There are electric bikes to hire in Minehead if you prefer an easier option!

WATER SPORTS ~ Wimbleball Lake offers a selection of water sports including sailing, canoeing and windsurfing.

FISHING ~ There are opportunities to fish locally. Sea fishing from a boat is available from Minehead and Porlock Weir, or fishing from the harbours and beaches – Blue Anchor is a favourite. Also available are tickets to fish for trout from several local lakes and reservoirs.

MUSIC & DRAMA ~ We have a wealth of concerts throughout the year. There is a local Music Festival in July, the Two Moors Festival in the Autumn and various other events often in one of our beautiful churches or village halls which are home to local drama groups.

EXMOOR SAFARIS – There are several operators offering good value tours in off road vehicles taking you to remote parts of  Exmoor and able to find the sometimes elusive Red Deer and Exmoor ponies grazing wild as they have done for hundreds of years. (Details are kept in Grooms Cottage).