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Willows & Wetlands Visitor Centre

Somerset Levels & Moors

The Internationally important Somerset Levels and Moors stretch from the clay-based coastal plains across peat-based wetlands to the feet of the Mendip and Blackdown Hills. The Polden Ridge cuts across them as do a handful of rivers and numerous smaller waterways. Sudden and unexpected viewpoints rise mysteriously having once formed islands in a flooded plain. The result is a unique patchwork landscape steeped in history and brimming with rare wildlife.

As well as supporting a huge array of plant and bird species, the Levels and Moors are dotted with quaint villages which bear witness to the fact they have been exploited by people since the earliest times. The area is home to the world’s oldest known wooden trackway and ancient lake villages. The second largest haul of Roman coins ever found was discovered here. In the middle ages the monks from nearby monasteries drained much of the land to farm it. This is where King Alfred the Great lived and the legends of King Arthur still resonate.

Today the area is mostly grassland and arable with willow grown commercially. It is a magnet for nature lovers and those with creative and artistic talents who have workshops and galleries here. With its fabulously rich wildlife it enjoys special protection and supports a number of reserves. It has the largest lowland population of breeding wading birds and is a great place to hear bittern, see starling murmurations and watch otters.

Often overlooked, the Levels and Moors offer the chance to relax and unwind; to see rare species of plant, bird and animals under a wide expanse of sky surrounded by tranquil waterscapes. Off the beaten track it is well served by footpaths and cycle routes as well as outlets for local crafts and produce. 

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  1. Il Michelangelo

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    Il Michelangelo

    Weston Super Mare

    Here at Il Michelangelo Restaurant in Weston Super Mare, Somerset we provide authentic Italian cuisine and hospitality, giving you the taste of Italy that you dream of.

    Using the finest, fresh...

  2. Puxton Park Weston Super Mare

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    Puxton Park


    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Hewish, Weston Super Mare

    The ultimate fun-filled experience for all the family!

    Set within 40 acres of rolling Somerset countryside, our family run adventure park allows you to explore, learn and have great fun....

  3. The Sedgemoor Auction House @ Junction 24 Ltd

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    The Sedgemoor Auction House @ Junction 24 Ltd


    Exhibition Centre


    Sedgemoor Auction Centre opened its doors in January 2008 after a one year build program. It is sited adjacent to a prehistoric animal gathering site which lends itself to this purpose built,...

  4. North Petherton church

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    North Petherton


    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.

    North Petherton is the second stop on the Guy Fawkes...

  5. Somerset Cider Brandy Company & Burrow Hill Cider

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    Somerset Cider Brandy Company & Burrow Hill Cider



    Kingsbury Episcopi, Martock

    A traditional cider farm and distillery making vintage ciders and cider brandies. At the base of Burrow Hill - a notable Somerset land mark - we sit amongst 150 acres of orchards producing 40...

  6. Holiday Resort Unity

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    Holiday Resort Unity

    Holiday Centre AA


    Holiday Resort Unity is one of the most popular family holiday destinations in the South-West. You’ll find us just outside Burnham on Sea, near Weston Super Mare in sunny Somerset. We are situation...


    Price from £8.00 per pitch (2 people) to £282.00 Per unit per week
  7. Walnut Tree Hotel

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    Walnut Tree Hotel

    3 AA Stars 3 AA Stars 3 AA Stars 3 AA Stars Hotel

    North Petherton

    The Walnut Tree Hotel is a former 18thC coaching inn, set in the heart of the pretty Somerset village of North Petherton, on the A38. Traditional values have been maintained here over the years....


    Price from £79.00 Per room (breakfast included) to £129.00 Per person (breakfast included)
  8. Brean Leisure Park

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    Brean Sands and Berrow


    Let’s be fanciful for a moment, and look on Brean as the Las Vegas of Somerset.  There are many parallels.  Sixty years ago, they were both tiny villages.  Today they’re both leading entertainment...

  9. badgers walk

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    Badger's Walk & Woodview

    4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars Self Catering


    Badger's Walk and Woodview are quiet, detached and tastefully furnished self-catering holiday bungalows. They have pleasant back gardens and driveways for parking.

    They are located in Forest...


    Price from £170.00 to £600.00 Per unit per week
  10. Weston-super-Mare beach

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    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.


  11. East Lambrook Manor Gardens

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    East Lambrook Manor Gardens



    East Lambrook, near South Petherton

    Just four minutes from the A303 at South Petherton, near Yeovil, can be found one of England’s best loved cottage gardens created by the celebrated plantswoman and gardening writer, the late Margery...

  12. Axbridge Church and square

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    Axbridge is a charming market town at the foot of the beautiful Mendip Hills, near to Cheddar, with a character all of its own. Once part of a Saxon defence system against the Viking invaders, its...

  13. Lakeside Caravans

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    Lakeside Holiday Park

    4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars Holiday Park


    Just 5 minutes off the M5, and an easy walk to the centre of Burnham–on-Sea.

    Lakeside offers a superb range of luxury caravan holiday homes.

    There’s a walled sun terrace with a main pool and a...


    Price £182.00 Per unit per week
  14. ower Farm Bed and Breakfast

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    Lower Farm

    4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars Farmhouse

    Thornfalcon, Nr Taunton

    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...


    Price from £45.00 to £85.00 Per room (breakfast included)
  15. Wookey Hole Hotel

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    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

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    Wookey Hole Hotel


    The Wookey Hole Hotel, located in the heart of the rolling Mendip Hills, Wookey Hole is a sleepy village with great, easy access, to the historic city of Wells, ancient town of Glastonbury, Bath and...


    Price £50.00 Per room (breakfast included)

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  16. the lake

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    Northam Farm Holiday Park

    4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 AA Pennants 4 AA Pennants 4 AA Pennants 4 AA Pennants 4 AA Pennants Holiday, Touring & Camping Park

    Nr Burnham-On-Sea

    Our first class facilities for Tourers and Tents make us one of the most sought after touring parks in Somerset.

    We provide superb toilets and showers, privacy cubicles also available and...


    Price from £7.25 to £27.00 per pitch (2 people)
  17. Boating ob Bridgwater & taunton Canal

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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...

  18. View from Uphill

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    Uphill Local Nature Reserve


    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Uphill, Nr Weston-super-Mare

    Uphill Hill Local Nature Reserve is located to the south of the village of Uphill, which is itself just south of Weston super Mare. This 17 hectare site is owned by North Somerset Council and is...

  19. Woodlands Country House Hotel

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    Woodlands Country House Hotel

    Awaiting Grading Awaiting Grading

    Brent Knoll

    Woodlands is a late 19thC Victorian farmhouse which provides comfortable, elegant surroundings for that relaxing break you surely deserve. Its elevated position beneath the ancient hill fort of...


    Price from £102.00 to £155.00 Per room (breakfast included)

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  20. Play Area

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    Burnham-on-Sea Holiday Village

    4 Visit England Stars Holiday Centre AA Holiday Centre AA Holiday Centre AA Holiday Centre AA Holiday Centre AA Holiday, Touring & Camping Park

    Burnham on Sea

    Our park is green and tranquil, when you’re surrounded by trees and fishing and boating lakes, it’s easy to forget there’s the lively seafront of a traditional seaside town just a few hundred yards...


    Price from £17.00 per pitch (2 people) to £285.00 Per unit per week

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