In the autumn, twenty Single Boots
members enjoyed three full days of walking in Exmoor and along the S W coast path near Minehead. We were based at the Yarn Market Hotel in Dunster, Somerset.
Day 1 Friday
Most members arrived in Dunster during the afternoon, with a few arriving throughout the evening. It was good to explore the village before our walking itinerary started the following day and we were able to leave our bags at the hotel prior to checking in at 3pm.
Our first gathering was in the hotel restaurant at 7pm where we were served an excellent meal by friendly hotel staff. There was time for a social afterwards in one of the hotel lounges.
Day 2 Saturday
After a fine breakfast, we started our first self-guided walk: 11 miles from Porlock to Dunster, inland via Horner and Exmoor national park. The hotel provided transport to our start point, making a linear walk possible. A great day out was had, with dry and mild November weather.
A tea garden at Horner
Day 3 Sunday
Today’s walk was from Allerford (near Porlock) to Dunster, via the SW coastal path including Minehead Promenade. Great coastal views were to be had with also fine views across Exmoor. An optional break in Minehead was taken by some members, as we passed through the town towards our hotel in nearby Dunster. Another great day out was had, followed by another excellent evening meal at the hotel.
A view of Porlock from the coastal path
Day 4 Monday
An eight mile circular walk from the hotel today, took us on a loop via Bat’s Castle to Withycombe then a beach walk from Blue Achor back to Dunster. We had time for a pleasant outside coffee in the mild November weather.
Some of our group near Bat’s Castle
Lunch on the rocks at Blue Anchor
Day 5 Tuesday
Our final morning, before the drive back home, offered more browsing time amongst the various art craft and clothes shops in the village. There was also the option to visit Minehead or Dunster castle in the morning. Most of us started for home by about 1pm, concluding a thoroughly great short week away.
Article by Andy Wheeler
Photos by Andy, Robert Glenwright, Sue Upton