There’re plenty of choices for beach visits in the area; several within 5 miles of the Old Rectory.

For dog walking, the closest is Doniford, which has car-parking nearby and is easily accessed from the main road. For the amateur palaeontologists among you, Kilve is great for fossil hunting and there’s plenty of marine life just waiting to be discovered in the rock pools which scatter the beach.

If it’s sand you’re looking for, Minehead, Blue Anchor and Dunster are a little further along the coast, but perfect for castle construction, beach games and kite flying. Watchet, Porlock and Minehead each have their own fascinating harbours and plenty of good pubs and restaurants to keep you in good spirits.

Further afield - but a comfortable day trip away - are the sandy coves around Lynmouth and Coombe Martin and the surfing beaches at Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton Sands.

Also, from nearby Ilfracombe or Bideford, it’s possible to jump aboard the MS Oldenberg— a rugged old sea vessel— to Lundy Island. A unique, traffic and pollution-free haven, where the simple pleasures are walking along the spectacular coastline and breathing in the clean, salty air. In the winter, helicopter trips are available to the island; a breath-taking seven-minute ride, which provides wonderful views of Lundy and the rest of North Devon.

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