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Introducing Dunster

Dominated by a striking russet-red castle and centred around a cobbled market square, the village of Dunster is an undeniably attractive place and also boasts some unusual architectural features, including a medieval packhorse bridge, a 16th-century stone dovecote and a curious octagonal yarn market. Unfortunately, it’s also a favourite on the coach tour trail, and in high summer the main street is thronged with a constant stream of honking motors and scarlet-faced day-trippers; if you’re arriving in July or August, you’ll be better off hightailing it straight for the castle, which sits on a hilltop above the village, or just steering clear altogether.

The beautiful St George’s Church dates mostly from the 15th century and boasts a wonderfully carved fan-vaulted rood screen. Further down the road is the watermill (821759; Mill Lane; admission £2.60; 11am-4.45pm Jul-Sep, 11am-4.45pm Sat-Thurs Apr-Jun & Oct-Nov), a working 18th-century mill that’s been turning since the Domesday Book.

The NPA visitor centre (821835; Dunster Steep; 10am-5pm Easter-Oct) is in the main car park.