Living in West Somerset

Quality of Life

West Somerset Council covers 280 square miles of coast and countryside.  From the mouth of the River Parrett in the northeast with the boundary running south-westwards inland across Somerset to meet the County border with Devon on Exmoor; it then follows the County border which bisects Lorna Doone country to arrive at the coast between Lynmouth and Porlock.  The superb scenery of Exmoor National Park, the Quantock and Brendon Hills draws visitors each year to discover this unspoilt corner of the West Country.

The area is predominately rural in character with agriculture and tourism being the most important commercial activities.  The population of the district is approximately 35,000 with about one third living in Minehead, which is the principal town.  Only the peripheral villages of Dulverton, Dunster, Porlock, Watchet and Williton significantly interrupt the surrounding countryside.


There is a great deal of choice where to live with so many beautiful and accessible Somerset villages and market towns to choose from.

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Travelling in West Somerset

The main access routes into the area are the A39 from Bridgwater and the A358 from Taunton with the M5 passing close to both these centres thereby bringing West Somerset into contact with the national road conurbation network.

Things to do in Somerset

There is a host of cultural, leisure and sporting activities, see our list of links for more information.