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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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  1. Mowbarton

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    Mowbarton

    Wedmore

    Mowbarton is a converted barn in a peaceful rural location above the Somerset Levels, a short drive from Wells, Glastonbury, Cheddar, Wookey and the Somerset coast. It sleeps eight in comfort with...

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    Price from £610.00 to £1,500.00 Per unit per week
  2. Swans at sunset

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    Highbridge

    Bridgwater

    Highbridge is a small market town near to Burnham-on-Sea, on the edge of the Somerset Levels.

    The town grew in importance with the extension of the Somerset and Dorset Railway and is still the...

  3. Boating ob Bridgwater & taunton Canal

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    Bridgwater

    11-13 Castle Street, 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 the world, the event takes place...

  4. Guest Gathering

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    Prospect Farm & Cottage Holidays

    3-4 Visit England Stars 3– 43-4 Visit England Stars Self Catering

    East Brent, Nr Brent Knoll

    Picturesque country cottages set amidst flower gardens surrounded by the natural beauty of the Somerset levels, only 3 miles from the seaside. Midway between Weston-super-Mare and Burnham on sea. ...

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    Price from £125.00 to £730.00 Per unit per week
  5. Oakover Guest House

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    Oakover Guest House

    4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars

    Weston super Mare

    Oakover is a 6-bedroom guest house under the personal attention of proprietor Diane Priestley, whose aim is to offer you a warm welcome and memorable stay, within easy reach of all the local...

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    Price from £54.00 to £90.00 Per room (breakfast included)
  6. Albany Lodge

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    Albany Lodge Guest House

    4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars Guest House

    Weston super Mare

    Close to all amenities yet in a quiet residential area Denise and Bob offer you a warm welcome and aim to make your stay special. Situated Just 1 minute walk to Weston's famous sandy beach and...

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    Price from £32.50 to £65.00 Per room (breakfast included)
  7. Doubleton Farm Cottages

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    Doubleton Farm Cottages

    2-3 Visit England Stars 2– 32-3 Visit England Stars Self Catering

    Weston-Super-Mare


    Doubleton Farm has 13 character holiday cottages set in 4 acres of countryside overlooking the Mendip Hills with a friendly, family atmosphere. The cottages have 1, 2, 3 bedrooms sleeping up to 8...

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    Price from £250.00 to £490.00 Per unit per week
  8. Warren Farm Holiday Centre

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    Warren Farm Holiday Centre

    Holiday Centre AA Holiday Centre

    Brean, Nr Burnham On Sea

    A family-run holiday centre situated in Brean, where the countryside meets the sandy coastline. The award-winning park caters for touring and camping, as well as having luxurious static caravans...

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    Price from £8.50 per pitch (2 people) to £240.00 Per unit per week
  9. Burnham Beach

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    Burnham-on-Sea

    Burnham-on-Sea


    Burnham-on-Sea has all the charm of a traditional seaside resort with its own distinct character.  It is famous for its unique nine-legged wooden lighthouse and also boasts one of the shortest...

  10. thorney lakes

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    Thorney Lakes and Caravan Park

    3 Visit England Stars 3 Visit England Stars 3 Visit England Stars 3 Visit England Stars 3 AA Pennants 3 AA Pennants 3 AA Pennants 3 AA Pennants Camping & Touring Park

    Muchelney, Nr Langport

    A caravan and camping park with full facilities and coarse fishing available. One mile form the historic village of Muchelney, our scenic park is perfect for touring the Somerset level and Moors,...

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    Price from £10.00 to £20.00 per pitch (2 people)
  11. Milton Lodge

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    Milton Lodge Guest House

    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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    Price from £30.00 Per person (breakfast included) to £60.00 Per room (breakfast included)

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  12. Axbridge Church and square

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    Axbridge

    Axbridge


    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. The Somerset Cider Brandy Company Ltd

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    The Somerset Cider Brandy Company Ltd

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    Distillery

    Kingsbury Episcopi, Martock

    Based on a farm in South Somerset, we sit amongst 160 acres of cider apple orchards at the base of Burrow Hill, a famous Somerset landmark with a single sycamore on top that looks out across the...

  14. East Lambrook Manor Gardens

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    East Lambrook Manor Gardens

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    Garden

    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...

  15. The Grand Pier

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    Grand Pier

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    Pier

    Weston-super-Mare

    Welcome to the ultimate 21st Century indoor theme park!

    The Grand Pier is open every day, except Christmas Day, so come hail, rain or shine, you’ll always get a warm welcome. Whatever the weather is...

  16. Wedmore

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    Wedmore

    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...

  17. Beachside Holiday Park

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    Beachside Holiday Park

    Brean

    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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    Price from £60.00 to £470.00 Per unit per week
  18. Woodlands Country House Hotel

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    Woodlands Country House Hotel

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    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...

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    Price from £102.00 to £155.00 Per room (breakfast included)
  19. Bella Vista

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    Bella Vista Hotel

    Weston super Mare

    Family business 100 yards from seafront, opposite Knightstone Harbour, offering a warm welcome and high standards of comfort and service. Spacious en-suite double, twin and family rooms, equipped...

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    Price from £35.00 to £105.00 Per room (breakfast included)

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  20. Brean Leisure Park

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    Brean Sands and Berrow

    Burnham-on-Sea


    A magnificent sweep of sand stretches 7 miles from the seaside resort of Burnham-on-Sea, north to the holiday villages of Berrow and Brean stoping at the National Trust headland of Brean Down...

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