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      06.08.2000 22:49
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      if you are after a relaxing break or a walking break then there are not many places better than watchet. the town it,s self is run at a leisurely pace ,don't expect the shops to be open at regular hours you will often find little notes on the windows telling you they are having a break . if you come from a city or big town this seems strange but if you stay in he area for any length of time you realise how lucky they are . the people in the area are all very friendly and helpfull . there are plenty of pubs in watchet that serve very good food and drink at very reasonable prices ,the west somerset railway runs through the town ,this is a steam & vintage diesel railway that runs through somerset from minehead to near taunton .apart from that and the fishing trips that leave from the harbour at high tide there is not a lot else in the town but it is the places you can get to from here that make it a great holiday destination the castle and town of dunster are about 5 miles away ,this town is and old market town and little seems to have changed in centuries . then another 2 miles down the road is minehead ,this is really where you need to go if you like beach holidays as it has the best beach for miles around thanks to the local council dredging millions of tons of clean sand from the bottom of the bristol channel . if you go further along the coast from minehead you will come to porlock this is another little town where little has changed over the years and it is also a gate way to exmoor you can take a toll road from porlock that is classed as a scenic route but i wouldn't bother with this as the normal road takes you on a route that is just as spectacular ,that is if your car can get up the hill which has a 1<4 gradient . after driving across the moor avoiding the sheep that don't seem to realise the danger of motor vehicles you come to another 1<4 gradient hill ,this time going down hill so make sure your breaks work thi
      s leads you to the twin villages of linton and lynmouth these are joined by a victorian water powered cliff railway this is really the only way between the two unless you get in your car and drive as the hill that seperates them is too steep to walk up . other places within an hours drive from watchet include taunton ,weston supermare ,cheddar gorge ,wookey hole ,glastonbury ,bristol and numerous other attractions and villages that are too numerous to mention. there is plenty of accomodation in the watchet area from camp sites to luxury hotels . if you are after a holiday that includes sitting on a beach all day and clubbing at night then this area is not for you , but if you want a break to take things at a leisurely pace and with friendly people i don't think you will find many better places .


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