The Tornado steam train on the West Somerset Railway Line., Week in Somerset

Week in Somerset

Foreland Point Lighthouse
Foreland Point Lighthouse
We’re taking the girls for a week in Somerset.

After a log discussion with the girls we’ve decided it would be fun to have a week in Somerset. So we started of our holiday by heading towards Lynmouth to go to the lighthouse at Foreland Point. Had to go down a really steep hill and up the other side, a gradient of 1 in 3 with the van fully loaded it really struggled to get up the hill. Arrived at car park had some lunch and then went for a walk to the lighthouse, steep road down came back along the scenic route through the trees, very long and very hot girls suffered a lot and got bitten by ticks, further than we thought it was going to be but worth it.

27th July 2011.
Woke up to ponies munching around the van at 5am so got up to take some photos, went to Lorna Doone Valley, down lots of really narrow roads wouldn’t want to do it in a large van, not much there to look at so we went on to Tarr Steps, a very pretty ancient clapper bridge, had a lovely walk through the woods along the river, spent the night on the moors, rain on and off all day, we really enjoyed Tarr Steps, foxgloves in flower all over the moor, very pretty.

Ancient bridge of Tarr Steps, Exmoor, Devon
Ancient bridge of Tarr Steps, Exmoor, Devon

28th July 2011.

We went to Dunster but didn’t see anything worth stopping for so carried on to Minehead. Parked on the seafront and had mussels for lunch with cream cakes. Had a walk into town so Serena could get a tick remover from the chemist. Went to the harbour and walked back along the bay, very windy. The girls enjoyed looking around the shops. Minehead is a nice seaside town. Spent the night at Kentsford Farm CL site, near Watchet.

Minehead Harbour
Minehead Harbour

29th July 2011.

Photographed the steam train. The tornado on the Somerset line in the morning before leaving the CL site. Couldn’t find anyone to pay so will have to send the money.

Headed for Cheddar Gorge we passed a big campervan shop but Serena said we were not allowed to stop! Parked at the top of the gorge and walked down. Went in all the shops and had an ice-cream. We have done all the caves before so gave that a miss this time. I climbed up a really steep bit to the top of the gorge to get some photos. Really hard work and dangerous but the views from the top are fantastic and worth the effort. I found out later that there is a much safer and easier way to get there. But hey, they say do something that scares you every day. Had Mexican for tea watching the rock climbers wit was a really good day. Stayed the night in the gorge.

Cheddar Gorge
Cheddar Gorge

30th July 2011.

I got up at 5.30am and climbed up to the top of the gorge. Walked along the top to get some photos and got back to the van at 8am, everyone else still asleep.

After breakfast we drove to Wells. Looked around the charity shops for some books to read, then we went to Cathedral Square and Vicars close. Built in 1360 and is the oldest continually inhabited medieval street in Europe. Went into the Cathedral to look around. They asked for a £6 per person donation. The outside is very impressive, we walked around the outside of the Bishops Palace. Didn’t go in as it was to expensive.

Then went to the Greenacres camping site at Glastonbury, £26 per night! But I hope to get a good photo of the Tor in the morning. Walked around the roads to find a good spot about 4 miles, then back for tea. After tea I went back out to find a better spot to photograph the Tor from. Hoping for a bit of mist in the morning.

1st July 2011.

Got up at 5am to get a good photo of the Tor, not enough mist but great light so fingers crossed. After breakfast we drove into Glastonbury, walked up the tor, great views from the top. We then walked around the town, the girls loved all the hippy shops, we had to go into all of them, we love Glastonbury such a relaxed town full of characters.
We drove to Tiverton Canal for the night, Serena didn’t like the first spot so we tried another I had seen on my last visit here. Turned out to be really good, had a short walk along the canal and saw the horse drawn barge.

The Tornado steam train on the West Somerset Railway Line.
The Tornado steam train on the West Somerset Railway Line.

2nd July 2011.

Another early start 5am. Walked about 5 miles. Great light, saw seven cygnets asleep in a circle, so cute. sat in the van watching a family of rats taking food we had put out for the birds on a tree stump. The girls thought it was great. We all went for a walk to look at the canal boats, about 2 miles away then back to watch the rats again. Discovered camera not working properly so have lost all the pictures of Glastonbury town, cost £200 to have fixed.

Cygnets asleep together
Cygnets asleep together

Headeing for Dartmoor I took a wrong turn so the journey took longer than expected. Stopped for lunch of mussels in garlic with tiger bread. Stopped at Two Bridges for a quick look, then on to a spot above Tavistock for the night. Serena and I had a quick walk to find the best spot for a photo in the morning. Fish pie for dinner and crumble for pudding. Last night of our holiday, such a shame we are all having such a good time. After dinner ponies came over we had great fun feeding them apples.

3rd July 2011.

Got up at 5am not a very good day so went back to bed for a lie in. Had a leisurely breakfast and then came home.

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