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Things To Do



The West Somerset Railway

The WSR station of Blue Anchor is a 2 minute walk from the camping coach. The railway's web site sums up the country's longest heritage railway...

"Our Railway, a true country branch line of the old Great Western Railway is full of fascination whether you are looking for a nostalgic ride back in time through lovely countryside or to study the railway and industrial heritage which our line preserves..


The historic steam locomotives, coaches and wagons, and the buildings of our ten unique stations linked by a twenty mile scenic journey will repay hours of exploration. The surrounding countryside is as varied as it is beautiful.

The gently rolling Quantock hills and distant Exmoor, unspoilt villages and farms nestling in leafy lanes, the cliffs and coast of the Bristol Channel with views of distant South-Wales, confident Church Towers, Dunster's imposing Castle and Minehead's seaside charm are all waiting to be discovered"

To see the rail comings and goings at Blue Anchor Station, watch the live 'web cam' here. The web cam page also gives the day's arrivals and departure times for the day. Other WSR station web cams are also available to view.

Also in the Blue Anchor shot is the carriage, just behind the signal post near the centre of the frame.

Visit their website for full details of the railway, timetable, what to see and where to see it - as well as everything to do with the line.


Why not book your week stay at the carriage to coincide with one of the WSR gala weekends or one of their many special events?

The WSR web site has full details.




For further information on the Blue Anchor Station and signal box, see the  web site.




Other Places to Visit


Dunster Castle - National Trust

An ancient castle and comfortable country home with dramatic vistas and subtropical gardens. Dramatically sited on a wooded hill, a castle has existed here since at least Norman times, with an impressive medieval gatehouse and ruined tower giving a reminder of its turbulent history.

Coleridge Cottage - National Trust

Home of Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The 17th-century cottage was home to Coleridge for three years, from 1797. It was during his time here in Somerset that Coleridge wrote his finest works, including 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner', 'Kubla Khan', 'Frost at Midnight', 'Christabel' and 'This Lime Tree Bower my Prison'.

Day Visit to Butlins, Minehead

Set on a beautiful sandy beach, visit Minehead for a lovely family day out. Full of action-packed activities for kids of all ages, as well as entertainment and great places to eat, it's the perfect way to spend your day!


The Bakelite Museum

The world-famous Bakelite Museum is a unique collection of ordinary and extraordinary objects from the Naughty Nineties to the Swinging Sixties. It includes thousands of items that were used in homes and workplaces throughout the country, things made of Bakelite and other early plastics in fabulous colours and patterns, and things that were part of everyday life in the Bakelite era.

Cleeve Abbey - English Heritage

In Washford lies one of the undiscovered jewels of Somerset, providing an interesting day out for families and budding historians alike. The Cistercian abbey of Cleeve is a haven of peace and tranquillity, said to contain the finest cloister buildings in England.


The Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway

The famous Lynton and Lynmouth funicular Cliff Railway opened in 1890 and is the highest and the steepest totally water powered railway in the world! This historic funicular Cliff Railway connects the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth providing stunning coastal views that will be the highlight of any visit.

Exmoor National Park

Welcome to a unique landscape of moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland, shaped by people and nature over thousands of years


Doniford Fossil Beach

Doniford Bay yields some superb white ammonites, which can be found in the rocks on the foreshore. There are also a number of well-preserved brachiopods and bivalves.


Porlock Vale nestles between Exmoor and the glorious coastline of West Somerset, making it an ideal base for walkers, riders, mountain bikers, adventure sports enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys touring and experiencing the great wild places of Britain.


From beaches to the historic harbour, from shops to pleasure gardens, from golf to a ride on a steam train, we've a wide range of things to do in Minehead. It's a superb destination for all ages seeking a traditional seaside holiday or outdoor and active break.


A charming little coastal town with an active Marina, excellent holiday accommodation, an Old Port, quaint houses and shops.


For those of you who want more railway excitement...

Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust

The Somerset & Dorset Railway ran from Bath across the Mendips and through Dorset to Bournemouth, with branch lines across the Somerset Levels to Burnham-on-Sea, Bridgwater and Wells. The line’s early days are fondly remembered for its Prussian Blue engines and coaches, and later for the holiday expresses from the north of England to the south coast. The Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust keeps these and many other memories alive through its extensive museum collection and archives, engines and rolling stock, restoration workshop and events.

...and for a rainy day...

at the carriage is a DVD of the ITV Poirot mystery “The Cornish Mystery” which, in spite of the name, was largely filmed in Dunster with an excellent part for Blue Anchor station which has an impressive scene!