Fishing from the beach is popular at Blue Anchor Bay. Frozen bait can be purchased from the Driftwood Cafe.
Excellent sea fishing is also available for free (except for lost tackle!) along much of the coast with catches of bass, cod, whiting, conger and skate all reported. Some of the stony beaches and rocky headlands are limited by the state of the tide and is often hard on tackle. Joining an escorted boat fishing trip can be a more reliable way to catch sea fish and there are many trips to choose from at very reasonable prices. Boats run from Minehead, Combe Martin, Porlock Weir, Watchet and Ilfracombe.
Cycling: There are many wonderful cycle rides to discover in West Somerset. The more energetic can experience North Hill, Minehead, Exmoor, or the Quantocks for off road cycling, or just gentle cycling through the country lanes. Why not use the Steam Railway, which always welcomes cyclists. They offer a large safe area to store cycles during the rail journey, with ten different stations spaced out along the twenty mile line, where you can alight and cycle back.
Golf: Minehead and West Somerset Golf Club is a great classic links course set against the rugged backdrop of the Brendon Hills with captivating sea views. If you’re seeking a great round of golf, in a superb location, this is the place. www.mineheadgolf.co.uk
Walking: Britain’s spectacular South West Coast Path runs all the way from Dorset to Minehead. Spectacular coastal walks in and around Porlock, Lynton and Lynmouth and around the Valley of Rocks. Whether you are an experienced walker or someone who prefers a short stroll, there are many places which will suit you.
Riding: There are plenty of opportunities to go riding either on Exmoor. Horses and ponies can of course be readily hired, by the hour or longer, from one of the many riding schools or trekking centres. Some centres arrange special picnic or pub day rides, or week-long holidays which are particularly suitable for children. Most centres offer some kind of tuition, this can vary from very basic to more advanced lessons depending on the rider’s needs and ability. All breeds and sizes of horse and pony are normally available to cater for every type of rider from the beginner to the more accomplished rider. Whether you just want a quiet hack through woodlands hoping for a glimpse of the wild deer, or an exhilarating canter over the heather-clad open moorland, the choice is yours.
The Quantock Hills: Designated an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with excellent moorland trails, which rarely get too boggy, even in winter. Fine forest tracks and great views across the Bristol Channel. Great for walking and cycling or just have a picnic and look at the views.