This bloom-filled seaside resort on the Bristol Channel is Somerset’s most westerly town and an important gateway to Exmoor National Park. Its tourism boom only came about with the arrival of the railway which encouraged the Victorian obsession of sea-bathing.
Today Minehead has its own Butlins holiday camp and a restored, 17th century harbour filled with pleasure boats. Beyond the town is breathtaking scenery, numerous small villages and a smattering of prehistoric burial mounds. One of Minehead’s delights is an annual parade of hobbyhorses – an important tradition in these parts. The South West Coastpath starts on the seafront.