Somerset Levels & Moors
The Somerset Levels and Moors are one of the most important inland wetland landscapes in Britain, if not the world.
The Levels stretch along the coast and are a clay belt about 6 metres above sea level whereas the Moors are inland flood plains only about 3 metres above sea level.
This quiet and distinctive landscape is valued as a place to relax and unwind. It is home to a diverse range of wildlife including wading birds, curlews, bitterns, otters, dragonflies and an abundance of wildflowers. In winter over 80,000 water birds gather across the area and often flocks of thousands of starlings can be seen swirling in the skies at dusk before coming to roost in the reed beds.
After the last glaciation period ended 10,000 years ago, sea levels rose rapidly. The Levels and Moors were under water until ca. 4500 BC when peat deposits began to form in salt marsh, fen and raised bog environments. Significant archaeological finds have been made locally, due to the excellent preservation properties of the peaty soils. Most famed amongst these are the Iron Age Lake Village, discovered near Glastonbury, and an ancient wooden causeway thought to be around 4000 years old.
In a few places, isolated outcrops of higher land rise abruptly from the flat land and were once islands in the flooded plains.The most dramatic of these are: Glastonbury Tor, Brent Knoll and Burrow Mump. Villages with "zoy" in their name were also once islands such as Chedzoy, Middlezoy and Westonzoyland. Near the latter, the last battle on English soil, the Battle of Sedgemoor, was fought in 1685 and the outcome was even influenced by the particular terrain.
The area is full of heritage and local traditions including willow growing and eel/elver fishing.The Willows & Wetlands Centre at Stoke St Gregory explains about the cultivation of 'withies' and the traditional industry of weaving and hurdle making.
The Avalon Marshes is a stunning wetland created from areas that have been dug for peat in the past. It is now home to otters, water voles and a host of other wildlife, as well as a tranquil and beautiful place for people to enjoy.
The River Parrett Trail leads through the heart of the Levels and Moors. This 50 mile trail follows the river from its source in Dorset to the mouth at Bridgwater Bay.
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This medieval hall-house was built in 1308 for the parish priest of the church opposite, and has been little altered since the early 17th century.
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East Lambrook, near South Petherton
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Weston super Mare
The Milton Lodge is a charming Victorian Villa, with a warm and friendly atmosphere, fully and beautifully furnished throughout. All rooms en-suite, radiator, TV with Free-view, Two comfy arm chairs,...
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6 minutes, junction 25 M5. Charming XVth century thatched farmhouse in secluded setting, comfortable en-suite accommodation including ground floor rooms in converted granary with first floor 2...
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Welcome to Edelweiss Guest House...
Our Guest House is a Victorian home, on level ground, situated in an ideal location in Weston-super-Mare away from late night noise and traffic, only 130 metres...
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Static Caravan Holiday Homes – Available nightly
At Beachside Holiday Park, we give you the choice of accommodation that best suits your needs, from four to eight berths caravans. Quality...
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Large character filled pub situated between the M5 and Weston-Super-Mare (come off at Junction 21), in the St Georges district of Worle.
An extremely well known Inn, with an extensive menu and...
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Burrowbridge, Nr Bridgwater
Walkers Farm cottages are converted barns overlooking the Somerset levels each with panoramic views in a quiet location with ample off road parking.
4 beautiful self catering cottages based in the...
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Badger's Walk and Woodview are quiet, detached and tastefully furnished self-catering holiday bungalows. They have pleasant back gardens and driveways for parking.
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Burnham On Sea
Wedmore is the principal village on the Isle of Wedmore, a ridge of higher land rising out of the Somerset Levels. Wedmore is a prosperous and thriving village, with a wide range of specialist...
North Petherton lies in the area between the lower slopes of the Quantocks and the River Parrett, close to the edge of the Somerset Levels.
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Royal Parade, Weston-super-Mare
Weston-super-Mare is a great seaside resort with all the traditional seaside attractions, including our famous donkeys!
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Stoke St Gregory, Nr Taunton
Holly Farm Cottages have been converted from traditional Somerset Long Barns to a high standard. The original blue lias and exposed beams have been retained and modern comforts added.
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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 the world, the event takes place...
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