Our Somerset Holiday

Monday 4th October

Up at the usual time and took Kendall for a walk before loading the car. We picked up Mum at about 9:30 and we were away by 9:50.

We took the A272 to Winchester, then A303 to Taunton where we stopped to get some shopping. Sainsbury's were selling diesel for 113.9, how can East Grinstead justify  120.9??

We arrived at the holiday site at about 3:30 after a great ride with some lovely views across the Quantock Hills as we approached Doniford.

We were surprised at the number of people waiting to be checked in, which commenced at 4pm, by 4:45 we were in our caravan, with a sea view, a bonus!
















It is a big site with plenty of facilities for all including entertainment and bars.Once unpacked we took Kendall for a play in the sea, and later, across the headland.After some tea we settled for a game of Rummikub, and true to form I was hammered, not only by Di, but by Mum too!
I must have been tired from the drive. Revenge will be mine!!






Tuesday 5th

Well, although Kendall loved playing in the sea, I am not sure that the sea loved her, she had a very restless night asking to go out 4 times and clearly had an upset stomach. Good job we brought plenty of doggy bags!

We decided to spend the day on the West Somerset Steam Railway and we drove to Watchet where we could park for the day. The first train is was for Minehead so we boarded that and had a pleasant ride along the coast.


Minehead Station











At Minehead we had a 40 minute wait for the return train through to Bishops Lydeard which is a bus ride away from Taunton. The total length of the line is 20 miles. At Bishops Lydeard we had a cuppa in the Station Café and listened to the lady behind the counter reminiscing her  teenage years to a customer (all very correct!)







Then back on the train to Watchett. A very relaxing and pleasant day, loved by by all!

















West Country Class


Back at base,  Di and I walked Kendall over the headland and into some woods with the inevitable pheasant to be chased.






After  an excellent Spaghetti Bolognese it was back to Rummikub! Di is still supreme, but I have moved up to second…… watch this space for the next thrilling instalment!













Wednesday 6th

Today we decided to have a tour of the local beauty spots.  The weather was beautiful, we have been so lucky this week! We drove from Doniford through Watchet, then through Blue Anchor and on to Dunster.  Dunster is a beautiful village with a castle nearby, and warrants another visit. From there we drove up Porlock Hill and stopped at the top to see the views across the Bristol Channel and inland towards Exmoor, here we saw some Exmoor ponies.



Exmoor Pony






Di and Mum at Porlock






We then drove on to Lynmouth where we parked up and walk around the lovely village and harbour, finding a great shop selling clothes where we all bought a top! The rapids and water fountain where also impressive.






East Lynn River













After our stay at Lynmouth, we drove out on a circular tour of Exmoor stopping at a high point for a brew. Here I was lucky enough to see some Red Deer. On the way back we used some green lanes requiring the Low Ratio gearbox!  Rob really enjoyed this!!! The lanes are only wide enough for one car and there were times when there was a deep drop at either side. Brilliant..

On the way back we happened upon a National Trust property at Selworthy Green, a collection of beautiful cottages and a Tea Room with homemade cakes and ice cream.

Selworthy Green









Back to base for tea and Rummikub, where at one stage I stormed into the lead, only to be beaten by the master on the  last hand!



Di and Mum





Thursday 7th

We promised ourselves a return to Dunster and today, we did. It really is a lovely village and we also visited the Castle grounds, where we found a beautiful Dahlia garden.



After Dunster we drove through Porlock to find a layby near the River East Lynn where we had a brew and a sandwich. Kendall enjoyed the water in the river.


We then drove into Lynton and Lynmouth before a gentle ride back to Blue Anchor bay where Kendall had fun on the beach, as well as a birthday ice cream!



Back to base, and while Di and Mum won a tenner at bingo, I took Kendall for a walk across the headland.







Di in Dahlias



















A great short break to a lovely part of the country, we need to come back with our walking boots! Returned home on Friday via Bridgewater and a stop off at Stonehenge for a brew and leg-stretch!