Doniford Bay Watchet - Doniford Bay is located in Watchet, Somerset. Watchet is a small harbour town situated in the County of Somerset. This beautiful little town is lying 15 miles north-west of Taunton, and 9 miles east of Minehead, in the mouth of the Washford River, on the edge of Exmoor National Park.
Over the years, Watchet emerged as a vital port serving the surrounding countryside and providing a link with Wales over the water.
There are some interesting places to visit here. One of the important things to do is taking a train journey in the Western Somerset Railway which meanders through the beautiful countryside. We were excited and enjoyed the journey which gave us a glimpse of Somerset villages. Earlier, it was used for bringing iron ore from the hills to Watchet. Our journey in this train run by steam engine, which completed 150 years in 2012, was lovely The sun was playing hide and seek and still we enjoyed our trip. The scenic journey in the train, was 20 miles, starting from Bishops Lydeard to the coastal town of Minehead, passing through Watchet, covering a total of ten stations, and watching the fascinating Quantock Hills, beautiful villages of Exmoor, country farms, the cliffs of Bristol Channel, the imposing Dunsten's castle, Church towers and the beauty of Mineheads. Another interesting feature of this train journey is it doesn't run as fast as the other trains, it is much slow which gives ample time to enjoy the stunning country side.
Many antique and curio shops are also seen here. We also visited Watchet Boat Museum. The other interesting places include Brendon Hills, Exmoor and Wildlife Park.
The place is so beautiful that the famous English poet Samuel Taylor Colendge stayed in Watchet and wrote his famous poem 'The Ryme of the Ancient Mariner'.
On the way, we visited the farm at Donford Bay Watchet, and saw Sheeps, rabbits, goats, turkey, cocks, lama, donkeys, multicolor parrots etc.
We had a fantastic time in Minehead also.
There are a number of hotels, restaurants and pubs. We had lunch in Muffilion with Lasagne, steak and pie.
On the way back of our journey to Doniford Bay Watchet, we saw the imposing structure of Dunstal Castle, and wanted to visit there, but the visitors time was over and couldn't make it.