Bossington, Exmoor, Somerset

Drive down a narrow winding lane to Bossington, a sleepy hamlet on the Exmoor coast; what a gorgeous little place this is, picture postacrd perfect, with thatched cottages where in summer roses ramble up to the eaves, garden flowers tumble over the walls, and tall chimneys characteristic of this part of the world poke up into skies the colour of forget-me-nots. It's just as pretty the rest of the year and somehow manages to retain its charm when the air is thick with mizzle - the misty drizzle that can quickly descend on Exmoor.

Find the car park and from there, follow the signs down to the beach, which will take about 10 minutes. Sit on the pebbles and admire the astounding views of Porlock Bay, stroll along the shingle, see the lime kilns and the World War II pillbox. Behind the beach you can wander through the salt marshes on the boardwalk; if you're feeling more adventurous, pick up the South West Coast Path for a good walk. Head back to Kitnors Tea Room & Gardens for a Farmhouse Cheddar sandwich or home made scones with jam and cream.

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