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  Minehead is the principal station on the West Somerset Railway, it is on the sea front of this busy little sea side resort, nearby is a Butlin's holiday camp which can cater for some 10,000 guests.  Despite this the main traffic flow on the line is to Minehead in the morning back to Bishops Lydeard in the evening.

There's a large tidal range here so the harbour is often dry like this!

A little later the same day the boats were afloat.

This tree was washed up near the harbour - I wonder if it had come down the Severn or had come across the Atlantic!

Another with boats afloat!

A view along the beach taken near Jubilee Gardens and the railway station.

Taken nearby but looking the other way you can see North Hill and the Harbour in these 3.


A couple of views of Blenheim Gardens - close to town and beach.

Arriving at Minehead

The view of a passenger leaving the train at Minehead, North Hill, in effect the start of Exmoor, can be seen beyond the engine.


View as you leave Minehead station.

As you leave the station you can see North Hill in front of you.



Minehead's Hobby Horse

Minehead's Hobby Horse

Two photos of Minehead's Hobby Horse which is a May Day custom in the town - find out more about it here


St Michael Church, North Hill

St Michael's Church is part way up North Hill, even to get there is a challenge with the narrow road and hairpin bends.


Minehead Beach, Harbour and North Hill

Cross the road and this is the view along the beach towards North Hill and the Harbour.


Minehead Harbour

Minehead Harbour nestles under North Hill at the end of Minehead beach, this view was taken from near where the paddle steamer Waverly and its companion vessel the Balmoral tie up when they visit.


Minehead beach

If you look the other way along the beach Butlin's can be seen  - the white structure in the distance is part of their site.


Butlins from Harbour

The white "tent" at Butlins intrudes on so many views such as this one from the Harbour.



Dunster Castle Hill from Minehead Harbour.

Another view from the Harbour, this time showing Dunster Castle Hill in the near distance with the Quantocks behind.



Quantocks from Harbour

A third view from the Harbour, this one shows the Quantock Hills across the bay.



Minehead Pier

Minehead, like many resorts, once had a pier.  After it was removed during World War II this is all that remains, however there are moves afoot to rebuild it enabling boat trips and even ferries from South Wales to operate at all states of the tide.


From North Hill

They can be seen again in this view from North Hill looking out over the harbour.



Harbour from North Hill

The Harbour is seen here from the path around North Hill.



Dunster from North Hill

Another view of Dunster, this time from North Hill.



Harbourside houses.

This one shows just how steeply North Hill rises from the Harbour, not many gardens are above the house as these are.


Minehead Station from the sea front

The station as seen from the sea front, the carriage is a fixture, used as a buffet, alongside it you can glimpse 6024 King Edward I resting between days in service, serving as a magnet for passers by to look at.


Minehead station across the road.

Another view of the frontage on to the main road along the seafront.



Modest station

Minehead station is actually quite modest, almost hiding behind the ice cream and take away stalls.



4160 coming on to the train

Back on the station, a busy scene as the loco runs on to its train ready to return to Bishops Lydeard.



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This site was last updated 13-04-2012

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