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Burrow Mump

Burrow Mump

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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. National Trust - Priest's House

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    National Trust - Priest's House

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    Historic House/Palace

    Nr Langport

    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.

    Interesting features include the Gothic doorway,...

  2. 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...

  3. 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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  4. 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...

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    Price from £45.00 to £85.00 Per room (breakfast included)
  5. Lakeview Holiday Cottages

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    Lakeview Holiday Cottages

    4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars 4 Visit England Stars

    Bridgwater

    Lakeview Holiday Cottages lie nestled between beautiful canals and our private twelve acre lake, located in the quaint village of Huntworth, close to the Somerset Levels. Our private holiday cottages...

  6. Retreat Caravan Park

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    Retreat Caravan Park

    Burnham-on-Sea

    Retreat Caravan Park is very much a family park run by the same family for four generations. Roger, Rosemary & their daughter Debbie along with a trained team of staff members take great pride in the...

  7. Edelweiss Guest House

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    Edelweiss Guest House

    Weston-super-Mare

    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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    Price from £30.00 to £100.00 Per room (breakfast included)
  8. 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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  9. Burrow Hill Cider

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    Burrow Hill Cider

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    Distillery

    Kingsbury Episcopi, Nr. 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...

  10. 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
  11. The Woolpack

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    The Woolpack

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    Pub/Inn

    Weston Super Mare

    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...

  12. Dairy Cottage

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    Walkers Farm Cottages

    4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars Self Catering

    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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    Price from £200.00 to £300.00 Per unit per week
  13. 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

    Weston-super-Mare

    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...

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    Price from £170.00 to £600.00 Per unit per week
  14. 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...

  15. North Petherton church

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    North Petherton

    Bridgwater


    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...

  16. Weston-super-Mare beach

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    Weston-super-Mare

    Royal Parade, Weston-super-Mare


    Weston-super-Mare is a great seaside resort with all the traditional seaside attractions, including our famous donkeys!

    The wide sweep of Weston Bay has miles of clean sandy beach, and a level...

  17. Wookey Hole Hotel

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    Wookey Hole Hotel

    Wells

    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...

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    Price £50.00 Per room (breakfast included)

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  18. Holly Farm Cottages

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    Holly Farm Cottages

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

    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.
    The cottages...

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    Price from £300.00 to £925.00 Per unit per week
  19. 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...

  20. 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...

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