Watchet

Statue of the Ancient Mariner, Watchet Harbour, Somerset, UK
Statue of the Ancient Mariner, Watchet Harbour, Somerset

Watchet is a harbour town 15 miles from Bridgewater. Thought to date back to the Iron Age with its original settlement being at Daw’s Castle just west of the Watchet, and resettled in the mouth of the River to form a small harbour, and was attacked by Vikings in the 10th century. Harbour trade slowly grew with import and export goods including those from the near by Wansbrough Paper Mill, increasing in the 19th century with the export of iron ore, brought from the Brendon Hills via the West Somerset Mineral Railway. The iron ore trade ceased in the early 20th century and the port continued a reduced commercial trade until 2000 when it was converted into a marina. The Bishops Lydeard to Minehead Heritage line runs through Watchet, and stops at its very pretty station just back from the harbour.

There is a campsite not far from Watchet that is a favourite with us, so we spend quite a bit of time in the town. There isn’t a huge amount to do in the little town, but we still manage to entertain ourselves. As we walk in, we don’t know much about parking, other than the train station, which isn’t a bad size, neither of us remember seeing a car park. Last visit we discovered a little beach walking up the hill towards the castle, good for dog walking.