Catch Dunster at a quiet time and you’ll see why it can be one of the most popular and busy visitor spots along this whole stretch of coast. The romantic towers of a National Trust castle peep from trees above half-timbered cottages, cobbled streets and a much-photographed medieval market hall.
Dunster’s popularity means parking can be tricky but the compensation is the range of decent antique, gift and craft shops – and a good choice of food, drink and places to stay.
Proper attractions include the castle, historic mill, steam train, and beach (which is surprisingly wild and windswept), although just have a simple potter around the back alleys and lanes is worthwhile too.
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Other Route Highlights
Lynton and Lynmouth
The road winds down steep, wooded cliffs into the old fishing village of Lynmouth. At the rocky mouth of an Exmoor River that becomes a torrent during storms, Lynmouth’s magical location makes it a popular tourist day-trip from the North Devon resorts – but it’s usually easy to avoid the crowds.