The coast of Somerset, in southwest England, is a very beautiful region, with cliffs, rough seas and wind. It's almost a little like Ireland. You can discover it by driving or by taking the train with Somerset Railway. It is a very nice route along the coast near Minehead, which is travelled by old trains using diesel or steam. On the coast itself, it's best to go walking and cycling and of course there's the beach for swimming. But there are many people who come to surf windsurf. Villages along the coast include Dunster, Minehead and Porlock. They are mostly ancient villages with fine buildings and charming hotels. The guest houses are also well developed in the region and are quite cheap. You can eat well and stay in a double room for less than 50 euros per night. It is better to rent a car than to try to do it by train and bus, you lose a lot of time and can miss remote places that are worth visiting. In Bristol or Taunton you will find rental agencies.
Hawkcombe is a small town in Somerset County, South West England. Somerset shares a border on the North with Gloucester, and the South with Bristol. I've always had a "weakness" for the English countryside, I think it comes from when you start to study English, and you read books, this town is similar to what they describe..... Plains and hills, small roads lined with hedges with flowers, streams running through them, small bridges, landscape paintings similar to English paintings, with various shades of green, many colorful flowers, stacks of straw, threatening clouds sometimes and the sun . You never fail to see neat little houses beside the road ... Very few times you run into people or cars ..... It seems that no-one lives here, of course this changes once you get to a big city. But here the scenery is bucolic, tranquil, full of peace and quiet. I urge you to explore it and then tell me what you think.
Arriving at Porlock Weir in the last sunny moment of the day, I had a funny feeling, the kind you feel when you discover something unexpectedly beautiful and traditional. I knew the sun would last a bit longer, and I wanted to to do a days activities in the 10 minutes I had left: I got out and locked the car, walked to the edge of the beach, threw stones into the sea, I took off my shoes, I found a stone that I liked, inspected it and put it in my pocket. I went running. I crossed the wooden pier where I saw a father and son fishing, the sun was an orange fruit. The chimneys smoked. I don't know if I could have found something more traditional, I have to return.
Hawkcombe is a delightful Somerset village in the South West of Britain. It is a lovely little town and, like much of the English countryside, has almost perfect houses, all well painted and maintained with flowers in colours such as yellow, brown and ocher. It's a fairytale town. You may have seen many of them in England, but I this left me especially impressed ....
Situated within the Exmoor National Park, in southwest England, and twinned with Artea in the Basque Country, Dulverton is a small, charming town of about 1500. The central four blocks house all the stores you'll find here (a supermarket, several pubs, restaurants, a pharmacy, hardware store, etc) and the houses are spread around the area.
Please note: Exmoor House, built in 1855, is now the Exmoor National Park Information Center, where you can get maps with various hiking trails. Pros: Dulverton is an ideal spot to unwind, meters from the fresh air of the forest. Perfect to escape the urban lifestyle. Cons: there's no nightlife here, and the public transport is quite poorly-connected.