Epsom and Ewell Group

2016 Dunster

Jenny L writes about the group's holiday in 2016, based at Dunster in Somerset ….


"On 5 September 36 Ramblers plus our usual coach driver Malcolm and his wife, Jan, set off for a holiday in Somerset. On the way to Dunster we stopped at Stonehenge for a wander around the stones and a short walk. On the Tuesday morning we had an interesting walk around the market town of Dunster, which the proprietor of the Yarn Market Hotel, where most of us were staying, led providing us with a lot of historical information. Bob Hayward then took us up onto the moor where we had fine views across the Bristol Channel & Exmoor.

The following day we walked from Porlock Town to Porlock Weir. This walk unexpectedly involved some SAS training as we ploughed through undergrowth and across fallen trees. Our intended path had disappeared under a sea of impassable mud as some forestry workers were felling trees and using heavy vehicles which had ploughed up the ground. After our endeavours we were rewarded with ice creams at Porlock Weir and a return walk along the coastal path and Porlock Marshes.

The next day the walk was from Countisbury to Lynmouth via Watersmeet, a beautiful area. On the Friday we had a steam train ride from Minehead to Watchet & Williton, always a highlight of our holidays. We then walked from Williton to Watchet and at the highest point had fine views of the countryside. The Saturday walk was from Wheddon Cross on Exmoor and on the Sunday on the way home we stopped at Lytes Cary a delightful National Trust property.

As usual Bob had arranged excellent meals for us at our hotel and at several good pub restaurants. The weather was beautiful and although some of our party decided to sample the local health services (beginning to be a feature of our holidays) we had a great time. Our thanks to Bob for organising and leading the holiday with such lovely walks and good meals and to Malcolm for driving us safely."

Sunday, April 22, 2018