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Coastal Charm

High cliffs and hidden coves

The Exmoor Coast

There’s something for everyone on the Exmoor coast. It is rich in history and heritage and offers traditional seaside fun.

Explore Exmoor’s coast to discover:

The West Somerset coast has its very own Jurassic Coastline perfect for fossil hunting and rock pooling adventures.

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The Exmoor coast starts at Combe Martin in the west and stretches to Minehead in the east. Combe Martin has a sandy beach at low tide and lots of rock pools to investigate.

Going east one comes to the Heddon Valley with its rocky beach and restored lime kiln. One then comes to Woody Bay and the Valley of Rocks before reaching Lynmouth. Lynmouth has a small harbour and a rocky beach.

Continuing easterly one comes to Porlock Weir and Porlock Marsh with salt marshes protected by a long shingle ridge. Continuing on one reaches Minehead.

Minehead is the area’s largest town.  It nestles under Exmoor National Park’s North Hill and is home to the UK’s longest heritage steam railway, the West Somerset Railway.  It has an excellent variety of independent shops situated in the vibrant avenue and parade and plenty of good pubs and places to eat.

There are many hotels in Minehead as well as B&Bs, guest houses, holiday cottages and camping/caravanning sites along the coast.

Minehead Beach is featured in the Good Beach Guide, along with nearby beaches at Dunster, Blue Anchor and Porlock.

Coastal villages include the medieval village of Dunster with its romantic turreted castle and the historic port of Watchet.

With a lively calendar of events and festivals, coastal villages offer a great base from which to explore Exmoor and the Quantock Hills.