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Very Pleasant Setting.
Member Name: daseaford
Date: 10/01/02, updated on 10/01/02 (93 review reads)
Advantages: Very pleasant harbour., New seafront., Steam Trains.
The coastal town of Minehead is situated on a cove surrounded by hills. This is a very pleasant setting for a nice seaside town.
As you walk along the seafront there is a new, clean feel to the whole area. A new sea defence scheme has recently been completed by the Environment Agency, which cost £13.5 million and included a new sea wall. The West Somerset District Council then spent another £1 million on the seafront with new lighting, seats and benches, trees, sculptures, better access and overall this has given a very modern feel to the whole promenade area.
The beach is a mixture of large sandy areas and some stony areas. It was all very clean and the water looked very clean and clear.
Behind the seafront there is a compact shopping area with a good collection of interesting, small independent shops and a good selection of restaurants, cafes and coffee shops. The whole of Minehead had a very clean feel to it and obviously the town is very well looked after.
At the north end of the town is the Butlins Holiday Centre. Although this does look very large it seems to stand on its own and does not interfere with the rest of the town.
In the centre of the town is the West Somerset Railway. Unfortunately we did not have the time to take a trip on the railway, but we did have the opportunity to see a wonderful steam engine as it took out a train from this station. The railway runs for 19 miles and uses a collection of steam engines and vintage diesel trains.
At the southern end of the town is the harbour. As you walk along the seafront towards the harbour you feel that you are leaving all of the hustle and bustle behind you and moving towards a much slower pace of life. We went to the harbour at twilight and the whole setting seemed to have such a relaxed atmosphere to it. Small boats were returning from fishing trips and the conversations seemed non-stop as the men were leaving the boats, I suppose they were reminisci
ng about the ‘ones that got away’.
Along the harbour wall other fishermen were casting their lines out into the incoming tide in the hope of catching some fresh sea fish. A small cabin at the side of the harbour was selling fishing tackle and also hot drinks and snacks. This was obviously an important centre for the fishermen and you could imagine that many long stories had been exchanged here.
Minehead is a very pleasant town and although we only spent one day there, I know that we will return for a longer stay as we were very impressed by the town. It is also very well placed for exploring the nearby villages and moors, in particular Exmoor.
The recent investment on the seafront has modernised the promenade area, without losing the charm of the small town. It does seem to be a town that is very suitable for people of many different interests and all ages.