Minehead, a seaside town in Somerset with Exmoor National Park on one side and the Quantock Hills on the other, is a great place for a long family holiday or a short break. It has a beautiful, long sandy beach, a quaint harbour and a busy town with lots of independent shops, cafes and resturants. A short walk from the beach is Minehead's largest park - Blenheim Gardens, an attractive mature garden, with lots of trees, shrubs and flower beds framed by well-tended lawns. It is very pretty and a good place to relax. There is a cafe here, lots of seating and a bandstand - which puts on weekend concerts and other free entertainment over the summer months. When visiting Minehead, make sure that you take a trip up to North Hill to see the Exmoor ponies grazing in the heather. Up here you can enjoy the panoramic views across Minehead Bay along the heritage coast, and on a very fine day, you can see all the way across to Wales. It is possible to drive up here, but if you are feeling more energetic then why not hike up or even take a mountain bike. Not too far away from Minehead you can visit the pretty villages of Dunster, Watchet, Blue Anchor and Purlock; the latter of which is a popular place to do a spot of crab fishing or water sports at Purlock Weir. The county town of Taunton is only a 45 minute drive away.
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