As mentioned in the last newsletter, we plan to organise the summer outing to Dunster and now have a date. We envisage this outing to be suitable for both our regular walkers and for our members who would just like to spend time visiting the attractions of Dunster itself. Jo C., who knows the area well, has kindly offered to lead a walk for us and there are certainly some magnificent routes from the village with stunning views.
Set between the foothills of Exmoor National Park and the Somerset coast, Dunster is probably the largest and most intact medieval village in England. It is dominated by Dunster Castle (whose origins go back 1,000 years) with its impressive medieval gatehouse and ruined tower giving a reminder of it turbulent history. The castle that you see today became a lavish country home during the 19th century for the Luttrell family, who lived here for 600 years. It boasts spectacular views toward the Bristol Channel, the Quantock Hills and up to the moors of Exmoor. Dunster has a wealth of history to discover, including the iconic Yarn Market, the remains of a Benedictine priory, a Working Watermill, Packhorse Bridge and Iron Age settlements. It has such a fascinating history, in fact, that Time Team Dig Village chose it as its first village to investigate! There are some delightful independent shops and many cafés, tea rooms, pubs and hotel bars/restaurants to have lunch / tea (as well as the National Trust tearoom by the working watermill).
Practicalities We will organise one or two minibuses with pick up points convenient to where you live (probably Blandford / Sturminster / Sherborne / Yeovil) or, if numbers warrant, a coach. So, in order to help us with the organisation, please register your interest by filling in the form at the end of the January newsletter and returning it by 15 March (Jo’s walk). Then we can work out costings according to numbers and give you an accurate price.