Sam Napthine has written four lovely blogs celebrating our Exmoor holiday homes, no matter what season. Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter in West Somerset are all exquisite in their own way. He suggests places to visit during each season and routes to walk while taking in some stunning views – and lots and lots of fresh air.
Exmoor National Park
Whatever time of year you visit, this small National Park is breathtakingly beautiful and hugely varied. From the deserted salty marshes at Porlock, to the prehistoric Valley of Rocks near Lynton; from the huge open spaces of Dunkery Beacon to ancient oaks and myriad lichen in Horner Woods, there’s so much to explore.
Spring – experience Mother Nature waking up
In Spring, Sam gets carried away with nature. For instance, he follows in the footsteps of William Wordsworth, he falls under the spell of bulbs pushing their way through the woodland floor, hares and chiffchaffs and bluebells – lots of them!
Read more about how a spring getaway to West Somerset will put a zing in your step!
Summer – the Mercury rises and it’s all about beaches and birdlife
In Summer, and as the heat rises, Sam heads to the local beaches. Minehead, Blue Anchor and Dunster beaches have an old-fashioned feel to them. At Bossington Bay he revels in the birdlife attracted by the marshland. Over in Porlock Weir Sam admires the tiny fishermen’s cottages and boats, bobbing on the harbour, or marooned in the mud.
We’ve curated this wonderful list of social distanced activities to enjoy over Summer.
Autumn – the magic of the village and its historical features
In Autumn, Sam makes our cottage The Oval in Dunster his base, tours the National Trust’s Dunster Castle, and takes travel on the West Somerset Railway. The village casts its spell on him. It happens – we can confirm that!
Become an Exmoor Autumn explorer and discover this area in all its changing glory.
Winter – rugged coastal walks and warm, cosy food and watering holes
In the Winter, he explores the South West Coast Path, Dunkery Beacon with its huge skyscapes during this season, and returns to Dunster. This has become one of his favourite places to visit. We’re not sure if that’s because he loves the beautiful cottages and historical buildings like the St George’s Church, Dovecote, Yarn Market and Conygar Tower? Or perhaps it’s just that there are some fabulous pubs, award-winning restaurants, tearooms, and coffee houses.
There is such a peaceful beautiful charm that descends over West Somerset in Winter – find out why.
History buffs in any season
Whatever the weather, this area is a treasure trove for history buffs. Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn, you will delight in a bit of history spotting in Minehead.
In conclusion, whatever the season, this is a wonderful place to make memories, and our Exmoor holiday homes make the perfect base. Visit once, or visit time and time again. Whenever you choose to come, it will never cease to inspire and amaze.