Motorhoming in West Somerset
With so many places to explore it is often hard to know where to visit. In this blog we will share some motorhome friendly places to stay, visit and eat at in West Somerset.
Where is West Somerset?
West Somerset is in the south west of England. It covers the area around Taunton, just off the M5 motorway, and stretches out to the beautiful coast of Minehead and the wonderful moorland of Exmoor. West Somerset adjoins the county of Devon and offers a superb base for exploring both Devon and Somerset.
West Somerset has a mild climate compared to more northern counties and enjoys plenty of sunshine. Some of the higher lying areas, such as the Quantocks and Exmoor are more exposed and the weather can be changeable there.
Where can I stay in my Motorhome?
You really are spoilt for choice as to where to stay, whether it be a rural or coastal location you are looking for. Both The Caravan and Motorhome Club and The Camping and Caravanning Club have sites in Minehead. There are plenty of certified sites and locations if you prefer something a little quieter. If you are looking for a sea view then Warren Bay Holiday Park in Watchet is ideal.
It might be you prefer a pub stopover, in which case The Friendly Spirit or The Enmore Inn might appeal to you.
It doesn’t matter if you have an Adria Matrix 520 or an Adria Sonic 810, you will find a site to accommodate you.
What can I see and do in the area?
There is something for everyone in West Somerset and most attractions are accessible to motorhomes.
If you enjoy a walk along a promenade, fish and chips and an ice cream then you don’t need to go further than Minehead. Minehead is located on the Bristol Channel and has an interesting past. It is a popular location in summer and offers a traditional seaside feel. You can walk along the promenade, past the marker for the start of the south west coast path, and on to the Quay West car park. You can find motorhome parking at Quay West and on Warren Road, along the seafront. Minehead is often recognisable by the huge North Hill landmark, jutting out from Exmoor.
Porlock Hill and Exmoor National Park
If you prefer countryside to coast then drive out of Minehead on the A39 towards Porlock. If you have a motorhome over 7 metres long you may want to avoid Porlock Hill and use the toll road. The A39 will take you directly on to Exmoor, with its miles of walking and cycling tracks and trails. It is quite likely you will see an Exmoor Pony too. Exmoor offers plenty of activities if you have children, including pony trekking and Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre.
As you drive over Exmoor you can take in some amazing sea views and The Valley of the Rocks is worth a visit. You can enjoy a walk on the cliff top and take in the stunning views.
Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway
As you carry on the A39 you will come to Lynmouth, a small village located on the coast. Lynmouth is actually just over the border in to North Devon, but it is certainly worth a visit if you are in West Somerset. Lynmouth is accessible in most motorhomes and parking can be found in the car park at the end of The Esplanade or on the roadside. There is a fantastic fish and chip shop on The Esplanade but watch out for the Seagulls.
Above Lynmouth sits the village of Lynton, which is where you can park and take the cliff railway. The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway is a great attraction for everyone, dogs included. You can park and use the railway to take you down the steep cliff to Lynmouth and back up. There is a charge for the railway but it is a great experience.
Dunster Castle – National Trust
If you like castles then Dunster may be worth a visit. The castle is dated to at least Norman times and stands in beautiful gardens. It is surrounded by woodland but has long distance views across the Bristol Channel. Dunster Castle is free to visit and park if you are a National Trust member, make sure you bring your membership card. If you are not a member then motorhome parking is £11 on top of the entry fee.
Whilst at Dunster the village itself is certainly worth visiting. It is filled with plenty of quaint shops, pubs and tearooms. You can walk to the village from Dunster Castle car park.
Watchet Harbour and Attractions
Watchet is a lovely harbour town with plenty of car parking and small shops. The harbour car park will take small motorhomes. The harbour is a lovey place to get a bite to eat and people watch. If you have pedal bikes you can cycle to Watchet from many of the sites in the area. We have eBikes from Mark2 and these make getting about much easier with a range of over 30 miles.
Watchet itself has several places to visit, including Tropiquaria Zoo.
Tropiquaria includes a Tropical Hall with a variety of snakes and lizards, and birds. The zoo also features an aquarium and outside are parrots, gibbons, wildcats, wallabies, emus, cotton-top tamarins, red-handed tamarins, ring-tailed lemurs, yellow mongoose and meerkats amongst many others.
There is also a number of outdoor play areas, and an indoor play area and cafe.
Situated on the west coast of Somerset, about twenty minutes from Bridgwater, is the popular and bustling seaside town of Weston-super-Mare. If you like donkey rides, arcades and candy floss then you will love a visit here. Parking is available across the town but the Melrose car park is a good option.
Weston-super-Mare has a wonderful long promenade for a walk by the sea. The promenade has numerous takeaway food huts, pubs with outdoor seating and of course, fish and chips. The Grand Pier offers plenty of entertainment for adults and children alike. If you like less hustle and bustle then head for Marine Lake Beach, situated at the top end of the promenade, near the car park. This offers a lovely secluded beach, ideal for paddling.
Visiting a Cider Farm
No trip to Somerset would be complete without a visit to a cider farm. There are plenty of them across the county but two you may want to try are Sheppy’s Cider Farm Shop and Torre Cider Farm. You can enjoy some cider tasting, find out more about cider making and enjoy their farm shop and cafe.
When is it best to visit?
West Somerset is open all year round but some of the attractions do close for winter. The most popular time to visit is from April to October and this is when you will benefit for the better weather. August is the busiest month due to the summer holidays so you may want to work around this. In the better weather you can explore the coastal path on foot or take to your bikes across the Quantocks.
West Somerset is a great place to visit if you are heading to Devon or Cornwall. There is much to see and do but it has the relaxed atmosphere you find across much of the south west of England. Touring in your motorhome should be an enjoyable experience and one to add to your list.