Blue Anchor Area

Blue Anchor itself

West Somerset Railway – take the steam trains as far as Bishop’s Lydeard near Taunton, or to Minehead. Cream tea specials, Gala weekends and loads more.

2 pubs – The Smugglers has great, freshly cooked food, served in cosy interior or pleasant garden; The Blue Anchor is quite basic, but it serves food all day and is very friendly. Dogs and children are welcome in both pubs.

Driftwood Café – really lovely home-made meals and snacks. Great for a cooked breakfast overlooking the sea. They also stock frozen fishing bait. Great ice cream kiosk outside.

Indoor swimming pool, plus crazy golf & kids’ playground, at the Hoburne caravan park a few minutes’ walk away.

A well stocked Costcutter general store selling everything from milk and newspapers to beach toys, also on the Hoburne site. Seasonal opening times. Within a few miles, you also have a Tesco and Morrison’s, in Minehead, a Co-op in Watchet, and a couple of small supermarkets in Williton.


Watchet – 3 ½  miles away, port town with 1000 years of history, famous for links with the Ancient Mariner. A variety of small shops. Lovely esplanade and Marina from where you can go out on a fishing boat.  

Watchet Carnival here in July and August. Excellent pubs and cafes, children and dogs welcome in most of them.

Dunster – medieval village and castle. Picturesque gem. With lots of lovely little shops, pubs and cafes.

Minehead – old Victorian seaside resort, lovely views and harbour as well

as shops, cafes, pubs, Butlins and amusement arcades.

Watchet Marina
Dunster Village

A little farther out…

Exmoor, the Quantocks, Brendon Hills – great for exploring on foot or by car.

Porlock, Lynton & Lynmouth –  dramatic coastal treasures, well worth a day out.

Steep hills!

Taunton, Exeter – great for shopping, theatres and cinemas.

North Devon – Barnstaple, Ilfracombe, Bideford.