Minehead & Dunster Through Time
Series: Through Time
- Simon Haines
15th February 2014
A coastal town in Somerset, Minehead lies 20 miles north-west of the county town of Taunton, and is situated on the edge of Exmoor National Park. The south coast of Wales is just a short hop across the Bristol Channel and can clearly be seen from Minehead. One of several ancient local traditions involves the Hobby Horse, which takes to the streets for four days on the eve of 1 May each year, with accompanying musicians and rival horses. The town is the starting point of the South West Coastal Path National Trail. Another popular attraction is the West Somerset Railway, which has its terminus on the seafront in Minehead. Dunster is a village with a population of 900 and is around 2 miles from Minehead. It lies within Exmoor National Park and includes among many attractions: a castle, a seventeenth century Yarn Market, a fifteenth-century packhorse bridge and a working watermill.