THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND THE NORTHFIELD HOTEL
Explore the area around The Northfield Hotel and find that it is perfectly situated to gain access to all the exciting activities that Minehead and its surrounds has to offer. Below is only a glimpse into all the activites that await you during your visit.
Outdoors, the gardens are a pleasure, especially for an evening walk. Two acres in which you can wander, taking in the many flowers and mature shrubs that thrive here, overlooking the bay. And for a little more activity you can even try your hand on the putting green, croquet or quoits.
Channel Adventure offers a wide range of adventurous activities, for all ages and from all walks of life. Their sessions range from Kayaking to Tree Climbing. They run safe, fun activities using high quality equipment; all instructed by qualified experienced staff at brilliant venues – whether its on the river or on the coast!
Local activities as well as walking on Exmoor or in the Quantocks, the start on the South West coastal path, is moments away on the promenade. There is also the steam railway, golf, fishing as well as many historic places of interest or boat trips from the harbour as far as Lundy Island.
The county town of Taunton is just 40 minutes drive but you may also like to visit the many pretty Somerset villages including Selworthy, Allerford and Luxborough. Dulverton, the capital of Exmoor, is well worth a visit. As is the historic village of Dunster with it’s impressive castle and medieval Yarn Market.
EXMOOR NATIONAL PARK
The roads inland lead to magnificent Exmoor National Park. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The scenery varies from sunlit pastoral to the wild and rugged land of the Doones, abundant with red deer, Exmoor ponies, badgers and foxes and more than 240 varieties of bird life. In its rivers are trout, salmon and even otters can occasionally be seen.
Pretty Porlock Weir is close by and the notorious Porlock Hill (a nightmare for drivers of earlier generations) will take you on the road to the twin towns of Lynton and Lynmouth. The towns were made famous by the terrible floods of 1953 when, not only did the River Lyn pour into Lynmouth, but it brought devastatingly huge rocks with it.
Blenheim gardens are a real treat with music in the bandstand during the summer and the High St has abundant floral displays year round. As well as being the gateway to Exmoor Minehead is often overlooked as just the home to Butlins but it is so much more, not forgetting the West Somerset Steam Railway which runs for many miles from Minehead to Bishop’s Lydeard.
Minehead is often overlooked whereas it is a little gem on the coast with a pretty harbour, as well as Church walk at the top of North Hill in the shadows of St Michael’s church where pretty thatched cottages jostle for position with stunning views of the coastline, Quantock’s and the Brendon Hills.