Autumn Drive to Minehead, Somerset & North Devon Itinerary

September 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th, 2019
The Northfield Hotel & Spa
Northfield Road, Minehead
Somerset TA24 5PU
telephone:  01643 70515
Reference:  RREC-Surrey Club

The good news is that all of the allocated rooms for this visit have been booked but the hotel still has rooms available.  There is still time to contact Alison at the hotel to book up for Autumn drive to Somerset and North Devon. 

Day One:  9th September

Check into the hotel after 2:00 pm.  There will be afternoon tea (normally served in the bar area) and/or to relax in the hotel spa swimming pool, jacuzzi or sauna. They have beautiful gardens as well. The hotel bar is also available and I have asked them to stock up their wine cellar for our stay.  

Day 2:  10th September

After breakfast, a short drive away, is Dunster Castle, a National Trust property.  Unfortunately, due to a Health & Safety review cars are no longer allowed to drive up to the entrance of the Castle.  They do provide transport form their public car park up the hill to the Castle entrance and return.  This old Norman Castle has a great collection of art and a very interesting history especially how it survived being destroyed during their occupation by parliamentarian army during the English Civil War.  After our visit inside the Castle we can walk into the medieval Dunster Village.  They have lots of shops, tea rooms and pubs.  They also have the Dunster Museum and Doll Collection on the High Street and a fascinating Yarn Market.

Day 3:  11th September 

After an early breakfast we take a 10 minute walk down into Minehead to catch the West Somerset Railway (the longest Heritage Railway in England) steam train leaving at 10:05 am for Bishops Lydeard arriving at 11:30 am. This village is at the foot of the Quantock Hills and it has several interesting spots to visit. It has several old pubs and there is also the Quantock Brewery producing local craft beers that are available to purchase in their shop. We leave Bishops Lydeard at 2:40 pm by Steam Train arriving back at in Minehead at 4:00 pm in time for afternoon tea at the hotel or something stronger in the bar.

Day 4:  12th of September

After breakfast in convoy leave for Lynmouth & Lynton in North Devon. Following the A 39 we have two choices when we reach Porlock. Those of you with newer vehicles you may wish to try Porlock Hill known as the steepest A road in the country. The road climbs approximately 1,300 feet in less than 2 miles up onto Exmoor. This is a very steep hill with gradients of up to 1 in 4 and hairpin bends. There are reports of cars overheating going up and burning brakes coming down. Those of us with older classic cars may wish to take the 4.2 mile more scenic toll road that offers a gentler alternative. On arrival at Lynmouth after you cross the bridge on your left you will see a large pay car park called Lyndale car park where we can park to start our visit.

Lynmouth and Lynton are two villages on the coast known by the Victorians as little Switzerland and where Exmoor meets the sea. The harbour of Lynmouth is connected by a famous and ingenious cliff railway to Lynton an attractive village with a museum and a good range of restaurants, cafes, reach shops and art/craft shops. The Cliff Railways opened in 1890 and is the highest and steepest totally water powered railway in the world.

Day 4:  12th September 

Our final breakfast and farewell to all on this our Autumn Drive to Somerset and North Devon. Safe journey home!


If interested in coming along please let Trevor Longley know and book up direct with the hotel as soon as possible.