We visited Somerset, England, for some family history where we stopped in Sampford Brett, the home town of Mark’s late grandparents, and explored the quaint coastal towns of Minehead and Watchet with a ride on the West Somerset Railway.

Thanks to our wonderful hosts–Mark’s first cousin once removed Pauline and her husband Gary–we also enjoyed trips to historic Selworthy, Dunster and beautiful Exmoor as well as plenty of good English food.

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Mark’s dad’s old boarding school in Taunton, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Mark’s dad’s old boarding school in Taunton, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Somerset, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

The fairytale village of Selworthy, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Britnee and Mark’s second cousin Pauline explore the fairytale village of Selworthy, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Selworthy, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Selworthy, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Selworthy, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Selworthy, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Selworthy, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Somerset, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

An old phone booth still working in Somerset, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Somerset, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Exmoor, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Exmoor, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Exmoor, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Exmoor, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Exmoor, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

A lost pony finds cows on Exmoor, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Exmoor, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Exmoor, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Exmoor, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Dunster, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Dunster, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Mark, Britnee, Pauline and Gary in Dunster, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Dunster, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

The Great Western Railway in Minehead, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

The Great Western Railway in Minehead, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

The Great Western Railway in Minehead, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

The Great Western Railway in Minehead, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

The Great Western Railway in Minehead, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

The Great Western Railway in Minehead, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

The Great Western Railway in Minehead, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

The Great Western Railway in Minehead, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

The Great Western Railway in Minehead, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

The Great Western Railway in Minehead, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

The Great Western Railway in Minehead, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

The Great Western Railway in Minehead, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Great Western Railway in Minehead, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Great Western Railway from Minehead, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Walking in Watchet, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Exploring Sampford Brett, England (the home of Mark’s grandparents)

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Exploring Sampford Brett, England (the home of Mark’s grandparents)

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Exploring Sampford Brett, England (the home of Mark’s grandparents)

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Exploring Sampford Brett, England, (the home of Mark’s grandparents). This is the church Mark’s parents were married in.

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Mark’s grandparents’ former home in Sampford Brett, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Exploring Sampford Brett, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

The Great Western Railway seen outside Sampford Brett, England

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Sampford Brett, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Sampford Brett, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Sampford Brett, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

Sampford Brett, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

On a mission for fish and chips in Blue Anchor, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

On a mission for fish and chips in Blue Anchor, England

Somerset, England, Minehead, Great Western Railway, Watchet, Exmoor, Travel, Backpacking, Travel Photography, Canon 5D Mark III,

On a mission for fish and chips in Blue Anchor, England

Next photo gallery: the Lake District, England.

About The Author

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Mark quit everything to travel the world for a year with his wife, Britnee. Along the way, he picked up a love for many other things, including illy coffee, Nepal, Bolivianos bills, and Thai beaches. Now happily home in Utah, Mark is a balding marketing professional with a mountain biking addiction.

3 Responses

  1. Colton

    I found you guys in Lake Baikal and now I almost feel like I have travelled the world myself after reading both of your blogs. Amazing! Just makes me want to travel more and more.