Somerset                                                         Photos by Hetty

15th May 2021

We stopped at Dunster on the way to North Devon – we stayed for a week at Alswear, near South Molton. There were May flowers and the showers that we did not have in April, however we had more sunshine than expected, so were able to walk on the coast on five days.

At Dunster we walked around the medieval village with its thatched cottages and castle. It was once a centre for the wool trade and there are many 17th to 19th century buildings.

Map of walk  3 miles 1.5 hrs




Luttrell Arms – built in the 15th century as a guest house for abbots, then in the 17th century it became an inn.

Yarn Market, with Dunster castle in the distance

Inside the Yarn Market – built c.1600

Dunster Castle on the hill– established soon after 1066

Dunster Castle



Gallox Bridge for pack horses, while carts used the ford

Then we walked up through the woods

St Leonard’s Well is in a 16th century well house. You can see inside

What remains of the Butter Cross was moved here from the High St about 1825

Several buildings remain from the abbey that was here

A very long thatched building



Dunster Castle is across the valley

16th century Tithe Barn now village hall and Norman Dovecot

15th century Parish Church

Fancy hinges and stonework

The Old Nunnery

Back at the Yarn Market

Next: Ilfracombe

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