A Great Day Out……Dunster Castle and Deer Park
Spend the morning exploring Dunster castle, the administrative centre of Dunster Estate since 1066.
Now owned by the National Trust, the castle was home to the Luttrell family for 600 years and has a fascinating history.
The Castle itself is open from March to October. Extensive gardens spiral down the sides of the castle mound and are available all year round.
Dunster itself is a great place to wander, with plenty of individual shops and tea rooms, and the historic 16th century yarn market crowning the top of the high street.
Wool from the Exmoor Horn sheep was very valuable back then, and packhorses would carry it in from more remote parts of the moor to be sold at the market.
We recommend lunch by the roaring fire at the historic Luttrell Arms, and then walk it all off with a stroll over Gallox Bridge and through the deer park ,spotting fallow and roe deer and Exmoor ponies.
Our route takes you over the iron age hillfort of Batts Castle with its useful information board and great views of the coast, the castle and Conygar tower, an 18th century folly.
Dunster by candlelight is a magical event held every December.
The town roads are closed and all the residents join in by lighting their houses by candlelight and decorating gardens with fairylights.
Market stalls abound and quantities of mulled wine and street food are on offer, with the many artisan shops throwing open their doors to Christmas shoppers.
Take a walk up through the illuminated gardens of the castle and enjoy carols by the tree in the salon, then meander through the back lanes. If you’re lucky the old watermill will be working and you can buy their delicious stone ground flour, second to none for biscuits and pastries….we always use it in our baking courses!