Location

Blue Anchor is on the coast a couple of miles north of the of the A39 at Carhampton between Watchet and Minehead. The beach givesĀ  the chance of long walks and stretches all the way round past Dunster to Minehead in a big arc. The West Somerset Steam Raliway runs nearby between Bishops Lydeard Nr Taunton to the east and Minehead in the west. To find the Chalet take the road north from Carhampton and just after the level crossing turn left and go through the gate and the chalet is just on the right.

Beach fishing is very popular along the front, Bass and Pollock being caught just offshore from the Chalet. Deep sea fishing is available from boats based at both Minehead and Watchet. The Quantocks are very popular with walkers and mountain bikers with many popular routes. Walking on the beach I have seen kite surfers on quite a few occasions, and there are sea rowing clubs based in the ports nearby. Bird watchers are well catered for with rafts of shell duck just offshore during the winter and plenty of waders on the mud flats exposed at low tide. Peregrines nest on the cliffs and Ravens are known to be nesting at the quarry at Triscombe on the Quantocks, and walking at Kilve to the East I am convinced I saw a pair in the new year as they flew along the cliffs to East Quantocks Head, then back towards Lilstock. The steam railway has two festivals one in the spring and another in late summer, when they bring in a selection of guest engines to run on the line. There is also a raft race at the height of summer when the beach is a hive of activity for a short time.