Watchet is a quiet seaside resort, with fine
cliffs to the west and a sandy beach. For centuries this small
harbour served the regions of Exmoor and the Quantocks.
Now decommissioned the harbour shelters and services numerous
History records an undoubted connection with the
smuggling activities of the south west coast. The harbours importance
declined in the 19th century. To the south-west are the remains of
12th century Cleeve Abbey, with its fine refectory and gatehouse.
The West Somerset Railway passes through the
centre of the town helping to bring visitors to what is a gem of the
Coarse and trout
fishing on the river Tone at Taunton, Wellington and Wiveliscombe (
on the A361 about 9 miles west of Taunton). Other good waters
include the Taunton-Bridgewater Canal, the West Sedgemoor Drain and