Photo: Ian Brodie
Somerset is a County that rewards the adventurous and the inquisitive. It positively begs to be explored! It is such a mass of contrasts that it is all too easy to sweep through it and assume you know it when you might have seen only one of its many facets.
If you only know Exmoor you might think all of Somerset is moorland. If you only cross the Somerset Levels you might think the County is flat. If you don’t step outside Bath you will miss some amazing countryside including 3 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Quantock, Blackdown and Mendip Hills. If you visit just the rural heartland, you might not realise there are more than 60km of coast to discover.
While we are talking about the coast, you might not know that Somerset has one of the longest stretches of sandy beach in Europe as well as one of the highest tidal ranges making for some fascinating natural spectacles. It is not all sand – Somerset has its own Jurassic Coast with fossils and complex geology as well as wooded cliff tops.
Among the best places for bird watching in the UK, Somerset is a haven for all kinds of wildlife and has more than 100 different reserves, parks and protected areas. They might be protected but they are there to be discovered and enjoyed.
Before you think Somerset is all about its rural past, stop off and visit some of the hot spots of culture, heritage and history. We humans know something about settling where we will be well catered for and Somerset can boast the earliest evidence of that in the UK at Cheddar Caves.
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