I am maybe a bit of a geek but I always enjoy a trip on the West Somerset Railway which runs steam and diesel trains from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead. My Dad also loves these trips so his birthday is always a great excuse for a trip!
A trip on the railway is always good inspiration for my photography especially with the views of the Quantocks as you fly by on the train.
The train stops at a few different places along the West Somerset Coast and one place that is always worth a trip is Dunster Castle.
Dunster Castle is a National Trust property so if you are a member of the National Trust you can visit for free but even if you aren’t a member it’s not too expensive to visit and it is a castle after all!
There is 1,000 years of history at the castle. The last family to live here, the Luttrells, moved in in 1376 and out in 1976, and changed a medieval stronghold into a comfortable family home.
The village of Dunster is also a lovely place to have a wander through with its cobblestone streets and quaint little cottages and shops.
Then at the end of the track you reach Minehead. Minehead is a popular tourist destination for people all round the UK.
I love Minehead for its little shops along the high street, being by the sea and going for a walk along the seafront, especially if you stop off with some fish and chips or locally made ice cream!
I remember visiting Minehead for lunch with my parents after passing my law degree 11 years ago in 2003 and sitting on the beach enjoying some freshly cooked fish and chips. It’s funny how much things have changed since then and it’s a very special place for me to visit with my family.