Day Trips

Tapeley Park  | Corfe Castle  | Return to Horner Farm  | Harvington Hall  |

Back to top Tuesday 21st August 2018

WSNTA TTapeley

Tapeley Park sits high on a hill overlooking the River Torridge and the North Devon coastline. Home to the Christie family for 2 centuries, Hector Christie is the current custodian of the estate. Tapeley Park is renowned for its beautiful gardens, particularly the Italian terraces, and include a lake, ponds, old woodland, and a sizeable organic vegetable garden. Tapeley park has one of the oldest permaculture gardens in the U.K.

Although the house at Tapeley park has existed in various forms dating back to the time of the Domesday Book, it was the arrival of Lady Rosamund in the 1880s that led to the 'neo-classicising' of the property, which gave the main house its distinctive look. The visionary spirit of Lady Rosamund has been continued by her great grandson, Hector, who has been a champion of chemical free food production for many years and long before it became an established feature on grocery shop shelves. Sustainability is a key theme on the Tapeley park estate, which is pesticide free.

As we are visiting North Devon we will pick up in reverse, i.e. starting at Williton, usual stops to Minehead and an extra pick-up at Porlock. Our day begins with a visit to the nearby attractive town of Bideford where we will have free time to explore, and get refreshments or lunch. We have a tour of Tapeley Park house booked with the owner, Hector Christie, at 2 p.m. after which you can explore the gardens. There is a tea room for refreshment before we leave around 5 p.m.

Depart: Williton 8.45 am
route via Minehead 9 am & Porlock 9.10 am
Return: approx.. 7 pm
Cost: £25 per head

Bookings to Veronica Cole (Contact Details in Newsletter)
Swanage Railway & Corfe Castle
Back to top Monday September 3rd 2018


We will drive to Swanage, with a coffee break at Yeovil, and there will be time to wander this gentle Victorian seaside town, and to get lunch if you wish. Perhaps stroll onto the harbourside with some fish and chips !! A map of the town will be provided.
We will then meet [1.45] at nearby Swanage Station - an easy 300 yds walk from the sea front- for the ride in reserved seats on a steam-hauled train to Corfe Castle


In the village of Corfe we expect you will want to take the five minute walk to the historic Royal Castle, one of the most impressive features of the district, and one of the few ruined medieval castles owned by the Trust. Its history included sieges during the Civil War, brought to a conclusion by skulduggery.


The subsequent slighting of the castle left towers standing but fractured- a testimony to their innate strength. There are the usual shop and cafe facilities.
We will board the coach at 4.30 pm. for our return through delightful Dorset.

Depart Minehead 0830, via Taunton
return approx 1930
Cost £23 includes the Railway journey, coach, and Gratuities.

Bookings to David Beach (Contact Details in Newsletter)
Return to Horner Farm
Back to top Tuesday September 11th
Own Transport

WSNTA Horner

Two years ago we visited Horner Farm, which was being restored after a lengthy previous tenancy. The farm is now up and running again with a new tenant, who has kindly agreed to us having a look round to see what has been done to improve the whole property in the meantime, and she will join us on the visit if she is able to do so.

Coming from Minehead towards Porlock, go past Allerford and take the next left, signposted West Luccombe, Horner. The visit commences at the farm gate adjoining the National Trust Horner car park. N.B. The visit includes a steepish walk of about one mile, but a vehicle will be available for anyone with mobility problems. Bring suitable footwear for field walking !

The visit begins 10.00, and finishes approx 12.00. Numbers limited to 20, but a second tour might be organised at 13.30 if we gain enough bookings to justify the guides giving up their afternoon. In case we do this, please state your preference for morning or afternoon. We suggest a minimum donation of £5, to be collected in cash on the day. It is essential you inform Phillip of your wish to attend- ideally by post with a booking form. It is equally essential that you let him know if you need to cancel as others may be on a waiting list.

Tour leaders : Andy Laverty and Paul Camp from the Holnicote Estate.
Contact Phillip Manvell (Details in newsletter)
or send a booking form, but no cheque,
If you can't attend after all please inform Phillip - there could be a waiting list

Harvington Hall
Back to top Thursday, 27th September

WSNTA harvington

Harvington Hall near Kidderminster, Worcestershire

Harvington Hall is a moated mediaeval and Elizabethan manor house near Kidderminster owned by the Roman Catholic church.

The Hall contains the finest series of priest holes and hiding places anywhere in the country. These were built in the early 17th century by the famous Nicolas (alias Little John) Owen who was tortured to death in the Tower of London when it was high treason to be a Catholic priest in England.

Many of the rooms still have their original Elizabethan wall paintings which were discovered under whitewash in 1936, the most important are the arabesque drawings in the Mermaid passage. The moat attracts many water-fowl to the island, and the gardens, which have been replanted and restored, are well worth visiting in their own right

We shall have guided tours of the house. There will be ample time to explore the gardens and chapel.
visit is at the limit of a “one day” coach trip from Minehead but is particularly interesting historically.

Depart Minehead 8.00 a.m
Return approx. 7.00 p.m.
Cost £27.00 per head

Bookings to Glen and Brian Heaton, (Contact Details in Newsletter)