The Somerset village of Monksilver lies at the foot of the Brendon Hills, on the eastern edge of Exmoor National Park. It is on the renowned long-distance footpath, the Coleridge Way, and five miles west of the historic town of Williton. Take a wander from your holiday cottage in Monksilver and you will discover a peaceful, rural community with a population of less than 100. Narrow lanes lined with hedgerows run through the village, along the banks of a gentle stream. There is a listed parish church, a village hall, and a pub, the Notley Arms, serving Exmoor ales and delicious food prepared with fresh, local ingredients.

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On the doorstep of holiday cottages in Monksilver, Exmoor is an enchanting place for walking, with heather-covered moors, wooded valleys and farmland, crisscrossed by footpaths and bridleways. In the neighbouring town of Williton, you will discover a variety of shops, pubs and other family-run businesses.  Highly recommended on self-catering holidays in Monksilver, the West Somerset Railway is a 22-mile heritage railway with historic steam locomotives which run through idyllic countryside between Minehead and Bishop’s Lydeard.

Further north, the seaside town of Watchet has a spectacular beach where fossils can be found, an esplanade, and a historic centre. Another recommended beach is Blue Anchor, a vast stretch of sand and shingle which was the subject of Port Sunlight, the celebrated painting by JMW Turner. The beach is perfect for sunbathing and swimming, with views across the Bristol Channel, towards Wales. The South West Coast Path can be joined here, crossing towering cliffs, past rocky coves and ancient harbours, west, into Exmoor, and east, towards Watchet. To the east of Monksilver, the Quantock Hills is a 38-mile stretch of ancient parklands, oak woods and heathland. Many of the area’s footpaths ascend to hilltops, providing far-reaching views towards Exmoor and the coast.