The path to the beach at St Audries Bay is literally along the road from the caravans. The path itself is quite steep as it had to be re-built after a large rock fall back in December 2017, but it’s well worth it once you get down there. The beach is sandy, with pebbles and rocks so is an ideal place for an entertaining day with the children.
St Audries Bay is very unique as it has it’s own beautiful waterfall, which is quite spectacular – especially when it has rained a lot.
The beach is Dog Friendly all year round and is usually very quiet, even in the height of summer, as it’s a bit of a hidden gem. I was once on there on August Bank Holiday Monday with my dogs and we were the only ones there !
There are plenty of beaches nearby to explore too…... Blue Anchor beach is vast and very flat with access via some steps. You can park on the main road through Blue Anchor and the beach is literally the other side of the road - it is also dog friendly all year round. A smaller beach can be found and accessed via West Street in Watchet. Kilve has a car park with easy access to its beach and is also dog friendly. Dunster beach is pebbly but very pretty with its beach huts and the beach at Minehead is beautifully sandy, but is not dog friendly during summer.
PLACES TO VISIT:
There are some gorgeous villages locally – well worth a visit. One of my favourites is Dunster – with the most beautiful castle which you see up on the hill, as you drive along the main road. It also has some lovely independent shops which are full of tempting things.
Porlock, Porlock Weir, Bossington, Luccombe and Selworthy are all within easy reach with Lynton and Lynmouth a bit further afield.
Minehead offers a good range of everyday shops, but also beautiful places to explore off the beaten track, like North Hill, with its many footpaths offering spectacular coastal and countryside views.
Watchet is only a couple of miles away, with it’s pretty (but very muddy!) harbour. Coleridge Cottage can be found at Nether Stowey village a few miles up the road, while Taunton offers larger shops and department stores.
If you’ve never driven up Porlock Hill, this is an experience. I like driving ‘up’ but never drive ‘down’ – and if visiting Porlock village, the smell of hot brake pads is never far away! Near Porlock you will find Malmsmead (Lorna Doone country) which has a delightful ford and ancient bridge, together with a quality gift shop and a licenced tea rooms with beautiful walks by the river. You can walk from here to Robbers Bridge which is a delightful picnic spot.
One of my favourite villages is Dulverton in the heart of Exmoor, and their Farmers Market which is held once a month.
One of my favourite walks is from East Quantoxhead, where you can park by the picturesque duck pond and walk to Kilve beach, stopping at the Tea Rooms the way back. Or there’s a lovely walk through Horner Woods, following the river as it meanders down the hill – there’s another fab tea room nearby too !
At Bossington, you can walk along the woodland river or climb up the hill where there are breath-taking coastal views. Dunkery Beacon and Staple Plain are both wonderful walks if you like panoramic views.
Tarr Steps is well worth a visit too.
I'm sure you're going to find many more places of interest - and if you find a real gem - please do let me know !!