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Quantock Hills

38 square miles of the most beautiful hills and wooded combes, home to red deer and wild ponies, with stunning views to the Coastline, the Brendon Hills, Blackdown Hills and Exmoor.  Wonderful  for walking, mountain biking and horse riding.  It is no surprise that the Quantock Hills inspired the romantic poets Taylor Coleridge and Wordsworth.  Coleridge wrote some of his most famous poems when living in Nether Stowey, one of the Quantock Villages, in a property  now owned by the National Trust, while Wordsworth rented a house nearby in Holford.

There are many opportunities within easy reach for walkers (and dogs) to enjoy gentle walks or serious fitness hikes. The nearby villages of Bicknoller and Holford have combes that extend from the village to the top of the Quantocks, whilst those seeking longer expeditions may sample the Coleridge Way and MacMillan Ways.

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Places of Interest
The West Somerset Railway railway runs through beautiful countryside between Bishops Lydeard and Minehead with Crowcombe Heathfield the nearest station 5 minutes away.  Among the stops are Watchet with its harbour and Dunster with Dunster Castle,  also owned by the National Trust.  (You may alight at the individual stations down the line to explore the  villages and then catch another train to continue your journey.)

There are several beaches in the area.  The nearest is Kilve on the Jurassic coast, 6 miles away, wonderful  for fossil hunting.  Minehead is a popular family resort  with shops, restaurants and amusement arcades  close to the beach.

Golf and Water Sports
There are several golf courses nearby and, for those with less energetic golfing ambitions, a 9-hole course at Cedar Falls Health Farm is just down the road. For water sports enthusiasts,  Wimbleball Lake is 40 minutes  from here for angling, kayaking, dinghy sailing and many land based activities.

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