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Somerset Countryside

A Simply Inspiring Landscape

Discover why Somerset has been an inspiration for poets such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge, authors including R.D Blackmore and films like Hot Fuzz and Elizabeth 1 - The Golden Age.

Explore the timeless beauty of rural Somerset.

With some dramatic natural features such as Cheddar Gorge and a remarkable coast, you will find everything you hoped for and more!

There is so much that is special about Somerset.

Did you know for example that the majority of Exmoor National Park (two thirds to be precise) is actually in Somerset not Devon?

Somerset is home to the Somerset Levels & Moors and three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) - Quantock Hills, Blackdown Hills and Mendip Hills.

In addition, Somerset has a whole host of Nature Reserves run by the RSPB, English Nature and Somerset Wildlife Trust as well as other protected areas recognised for their national and international importance.

If that's not enough then there are some great market towns and places to shop, as well as our superb Cider Farms! Start exploring now.

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  1. Keynsham Music Festival

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    Keynsham Music Festival

    Keynsham, Bristol

    Keynsham Music Festival 25th June- 1st July 2018

    There is uncertainty about its exact origins, but there is plenty of archive material for 1997’s Festival, and none for 1996. Possibly there was...

  2. Cheddar Gorge

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    Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Blagdon, Bristol

    The Mendip Hills, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), are one of England’s most attractive landscapes. The distinctive limestone ridge rises from the flat Somerset Levels and...

  3. The Memorial Park Keynsham

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    The Memorial Park Keynsham

    Bristol

    The town sits on the confluence of the rivers Avon and Chew which meanders its way through the stunning Memorial Park. The 26 acre park is a jewel in Keynsham’s crown with people coming from all over...

  4. Glastonbury Tor at sunset

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    Glastonbury

    9 High Street, Glastonbury

    The opening of the London Olympics in 2012 clearly demonstrated Glastonbury’s special significance as part of Britain's National heritage and identity.  The Tor is a National Icon; the Abbey a...

  5. Wells

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    Wells

    8 Cathedral Green, Wells

    The historic City of Wells is just a short 45 minute drive from the beautiful City of Bath (UNESCO World Heritage City). The 22 mile route heads over the Mendip Hills and opens up a gateway to the...

  6. Cheddar Gorge

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    Cheddar

    Cheddar

    Visitors have been coming to Cheddar for centuries to view the magnificent limestone Gorge, reaching 500 feet in places. The ravine boasts the highest inland cliffs in the country that can be viewed...

  7. Somerton

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    Somerton

    West Street, Somerton

    If you want to spend a day relaxing, enjoying lovely food, beautiful scenery and old town charm, then Somerton, located in the heart of  Somerset, is the place to visit.

    Approaching the centre...

  8. Bath

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    Bath

    Bath

    The golden city of Bath has been welcoming visitors for over 2,000 years. Designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Bath is home to some of the most impressive architectural sights in the world...

  9. Horse riding on the beach

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    Burnham, Berrow and Brean

    Burnham-on-Sea

    The stretch of sand between Burnham-on-Sea and Brean Down is the second longest in Europe and includes eight beaches. It is clearly a draw for beach lovers as the campsites and parks that serve it...

  10. Exmoor from Bossington Hill

    Exmoor National Park

    Minehead


    For those that know it, Exmoor is a truly unique and special place.

    First time visitors are always surprised at the undisturbed tranquillity of its heather-clad moorlands, not to mention a...

  11. Dunster

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    Dunster

    Dunster

    Dunster is one of the most popular places on Exmoor for visitors.  It is a medieval village with an ancient castle, priory, dovecote, yarn market, inns, packhorse bridge and a mill.  Since the...

  12. Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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    Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Hemyock, Cullompton

    The Blackdown Hills are a nationally important landscape and were designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in recognition of the special qualities of their natural and built...

  13. Minehead Beach

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    Minehead

    The Avenue, Minehead

    Minehead is a superb destination for families seeking a traditional seaside holiday.

    It is considered the Northern Gateway to Exmoor and is the area’s largest town.

    Ideally situated to...

  14. The Willowman

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    Bridgwater

    Bridgwater

    Bridgwater is a lively town with a rich history. Its famous carnival best symbolises the spirit of the town. Hailed as the largest illuminated procession in Europe, the event takes place each...

  15. Mells

    Mells

    info coming soon.

  16. Burnham-on-Sea

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    Burnham-on-Sea

    Burnham-on-Sea


    Burnham-On-Sea is almost in the middle of Somerset’s stretch of coast and close to the mouth of the tidal river Parrett. It is at the southern end of what is the second longest strip of sand in...

  17. Marine Lake

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    Weston-super-Mare

    Royal Parade, Weston Super Mare

    Your family holiday destination!

    When it comes to traditional family holidays, the string of resorts running all the way down the seaboard of Somerset has everything you need.

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  18. Yeovil

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    Yeovil

    Petters Way, Yeovil

    If you want to visit a fine old English country town with all the facilities you need, it would be hard to beat Yeovil.

    Today it’s the district town of South Somerset, but it’s been an important...

  19. Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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    Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Bridgwater

    The Quantock Hills are situated between Taunton and Bridgwater stretching to the sea at the Bristol Channel. Though compact, measuring just twelve miles by four, they offer extensive views over much...

  20. Taunton Town Centre

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    Taunton

    Fore Street, Taunton


    Travel centre: 01823 340306

    Welcome to the county town of Somerset. Taunton is a thriving, forward-looking town where modern life sits alongside relics of its dramatic past dating back to Saxon...

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