Photos by Jochen Langbein (8 March 2023)
Spring showers, Spring flowers in Dunster
Photos by Paul Sparks.
Dunster in the May sunshine
Photos by Susan Ragbourne.
Dunster Castle in spring sunshine
Photos by Mike Lanning.
Stay at Dunster Beach in an beach hut
Welcome to SALAD DAYS, called “the best Beach Hut in the world”. Located on the atmospheric Dunster Beach, this charming and chic self-catered chalet is on a select and unspoiled private estate bordered by the Exmoor National Park and the Somerset coast.
SALAD DAYS overlooks the picturesque lake on the tranquil nature reserve just moments from the beach, and catches all-day sun. It is a pleasant walk to mediaeval Dunster, with its brooding castle and fine restaurants, while the more extensive facilities of Minehead are nearby. An 18-hole golf course is adjacent.
* underfloor heating
* en-suite shower
* king size bed
*fully equipped kitchen including dishwasher and induction cooker
* a comfortable lounge with TV and dining area
* front and back fenced gardens with seating, sun-loungers and parasol
* plus bike racks and storage for water-sports equipment.
Salad Days is the ideal base to explore Exmoor and the Quantock Hills and perfect for stargazing and birdwatching. We are dog friendly, with no extra charge for up to two small or medium-sized dogs.
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Autumn walks: Dunster and Selworthy
My favourite time of the year, autumn walk around Selworthy and Dunster.Keith Long
From Dunster Castle to Bats Castle Hill
Photos by Debbie Mitchell.
Not often do we have the chance to see Dunster castle from a new perspective – thanks to Liam Holly who shared this aerial view of the castle and the village all the way to Minehead and North Hill with us on Instagram.
Exmoor Memories: When I fell in Love with Exmoor
I first fell in love with Exmoor and Porlock in the Eighties.
My dad was in the Metropolitan police force, pay wasn’t great back then, he had a wife and two young children, so he couldn’t afford to go on expensive holidays. He heard from a W.P.C that she had a holiday in Porlock. Other PCs had been there and heard how lovely it was and it was a reasonable price so he booked a week there.
We loaded up the Morris mariner: there was my mum and dad, my nan, my brother and myself – and our seven and a half stone boxer dog on the backseat.
The roof rack was full of luggage and my dad’s sea fishing rods and lead weights. Now thinking back I am surprised the poor car ever made it down there.
We didn’t know anything about Porlock and Exmoor. It was an adventure, mum handed out the rolls while dad was driving and the odd foxes glacier mint. When we saw the signs for Porlock you could feel the anticipation when we started to drive down Dunster steep and the sea and the landscape unfolded before us – it was just breathtaking, just so beautiful. We turned left into Doverhay and found our holiday cottage. We were so excited. When had unpacked we had a wander along the high street – it had everything you wanted: two bakeries, Stenners and Burgess, three banks and grocery shops. We had such a lovely holiday there we kept going on holiday down there for fifteen years.
I’ve known Exmoor and Porlock for thirty years now. It got me loving nature and wildlife and it’s shaped the person who I am today.
I absolutely love it and still go down there every year on holiday. Take care all.
By Trevor Parsons