A weekend in Dunster

For our first wedding anniversary, Hannah and I spend a long weekend in Dunster, West Somerset. We first visited Dunster in the winter, and vowed to come back when the weather was nicer. It’s a small medieval village with a castle, a church and an ancient yarn market in the middle of the road.

Dunster High Street
Dunster High Street
Dunster yarn market
Dunster yarn market
Dunster Castle
Dunster Castle
St George's Priory, Dunster
St George’s Priory, Dunster
Dunster High Street
Dunster High Street

We stayed at the Luttrell Arms. It’s quaint and cosy and perfect for a quiet getaway. As we booked early, we had the pick of the rooms and we chose one with a four-poster bed and a tiny little study that overlooks the high street.

Our room at the Luttrell Arms
Our room at the Luttrell Arms
Our study at the Luttrell Arms
Our study at the Luttrell Arms
Our study at the Luttrell Arms
Our study at the Luttrell Arms
Our room at the Luttrell Arms
Our room at the Luttrell Arms

We weren’t there for many days but we packed a lot in. On the Saturday we took the West Somerset Railway from Dunster to Bishop’s Lydeard and back. We stopped at several of the stations en route.

Steam train at Bishop's Lydeard
Steam train at Bishop’s Lydeard
Coal tender
Coal tender
Diesel engines
Diesel engines
Watchet harbour
Watchet harbour

On the Sunday we drove to Lynton and Lynmouth, a pair of towns at the top and bottom of a cliff, connected by a funicular railway.

Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway
Lynton & Lynmouth Cliff Railway
West Lyn River at Lynmouth
West Lyn River at Lynmouth
Lynmouth harbour
Lynmouth harbour

On the way back to Dunster, we drove across Exmoor. It was stunningly beautiful but the narrow road didn’t offer many places to stop and take pictures. I managed a couple!

Exmoor
Exmoor
Exmoor
Exmoor

Finally, we called in at Minehead in the evening. It was a bit late for sunbathing but we went for a stroll on the beach as the sun set. I photographed this footprint in the sand, and then we went wild at the amusement arcade.

Footprint at Minehead
Footprint at Minehead

These photos are from a variety of different cameras: Mamiya RB67 Professional, Canon T90, Canon AE-1 (which turned out to have a light leak) and Canon AV-1.

Lenses used were Sekor C 90mm f/3.8, Sekor C 127mm f/3.8 on the Mamiya RB67 and FD 24mm f/2.8, FD 35mm f/2.8, FD 50mm f/1.4, FD 70-210mm f/4 on the Canon SLRs.

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