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Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a wide expanse of uplands offering constantly changing and surprising views, and a place where progress has apparently made but little impact: these are the Blackdown Hills.

Rising steeply to a ridge from the valley of the Tone and declining gently down to the south coast the Blackdown Hills are a unique landscape feature embracing a wealth of different habitats, from ancient oak woodlands to towering beech hedges, deeply-incised valleys to windswept downland where two wartime airfields created a temporary intrusion into the area’s tranquil character.

Lanes, tracks and byways offer plenty of scope for walking, cycling and horse riding while if you want to get really involved in the countryside there are courses for everything from traditional crafts to hedgerow skills.

The Blackdown Hills offer an impressive scope of accommodation from country houses to cottages while the hotels and restaurants offer local food and drink of a rare quality and – thanks to the sheer diversity of landscape types – variety.

For more information on the area, please contact our Visitor Information Centre's in Taunton and Wellington

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  1. Beech Hayes Farm

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    Beech Hayes Farm

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    English

    Taunton

    Beech Hayes Farm is located in Churchinford,...

  2. 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...

  3. Brilleaux (New Zealand) Acoustic Show

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    Brilleaux (New Zealand) Acoustic Show

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    Local Gig

    Taunton

    Brilleaux (New Zealand) are touring the UK and Europe, for the third time, in June 2016 and will be presenting their acoustic ('sit-down, shut-up and listen!') set in this idyllic country...

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  4. Corfe Fete

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    Corfe Fete

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    Fete/Fair

    Corfe

    After holding the first recorded fete in the village of Corfe for over 50 years in 2016, we're ready to do it all over again! Attracting around 1,500 visitors last year, we enjoyed a day full of...

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    From:
    3 Jun 2017 To 3 Jun 2017
  5. Forest Beef Open Farm Sunday

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    Forest Beef Open Farm Sunday

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    Family

    Taunton

    Come and visit an Award Winning Beef Farm where we ethically & naturally farm beef with a difference! Our Longhorn cattle are grazed in the forest helping to restore deforested areas and bring...

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    From:
    11 Jun 2017 To 11 Jun 2017
  6. Jazz & Fun Casino Night

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    Jazz & Fun Casino Night

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    Jazz

    Chard

    Jazz & Fun Casino Evening with Charlie Hearnshaw Jazz Quartet. Professional Croupiers & Full-Size Casino tables. Ticket Price includes casino chips to play (Extra chips available on the night). Bar...

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  7. Jazz Night with Slinky Machine

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    Jazz Night with Slinky Machine

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    Performance

    Memorial, Taunton

    Friday 29th July 7.30pm. £9.00 or £8.00 concession if booked online or £10 on the door with £9 concession.

    CICCIC Jazz Club presents some of the best jazz players in the UK and on Friday 29th July...

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  8. Neroche Craft Fair

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    Neroche Craft Fair

    Type

    Crafts

    Bickenhall, Taunton

    Stalls selling crafts, cards, Christmas presents, fashion, bags, jewellery, etc. Refreshments on sale

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    From:
    29 Oct 2017 To 29 Oct 2017
  9. Parlour Tricks

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    Parlour Tricks

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    Theatre

    Bickenhall, Taunton

    Morgan & West present Parlour Tricks. Magicians. Time Travellers. All round spiffing chaps. Magic and tomfoolery for the whole family.

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  10. Quantock Orienteers Forest League

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    Quantock Orienteers Forest League

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    Participatory Event

    Buckland St Mary

    The Forest League (QOFL) is our series of regular events with colour coded courses, white to blue to suit all abilities.

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  11. Somerset Walking Club

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    Somerset Walking Club

    Type

    Walking

    Taunton

    Walk around Otterhead Lakes - 5 miles

    Meet at Otterhead Lakes Car Park at 14.00hrs

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  12. Somerset Walking Club-around corfe and pitminster

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    Somerset Walking Club-around corfe and pitminster

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    Guided Walk

    5 mile walk, Taunton

    5 mile easy, moderate walk

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  13. Son Yambu

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    Son Yambu

    Type

    Concert

    Taunton

    Son Yambu band plays authentic Cuban music, the intoxicating fusion of Spanish and African rhythms that gave rise to salsa.

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  14. South Cleeve Bungalow.

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    South Cleeve Bungalow

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

    Churchinford, Nr Taunton

    South Cleeve is situated in its own large private lawned garden and has all the luxuries to make...

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    Price £200.00 Per unit per week
  15. Tamarack Lodge

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    Tamarack Lodge

    Between Taunton & Chard

    This traditionally styled log cabin, with extensive views of the delightful Yarty valley, was...

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    Price from £585.00 to £1,150.00 Per unit per week
  16. Taunton Deane Ramblers - out from Blagdon Hill

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    Taunton Deane Ramblers - out from Blagdon Hill

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    Guided Walk

    Blagdon Hill

    A 4.5 mile walk with Taunton Deane Ramblers. Optional pub meal afterwards. Bring a torch.

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  17. The Greyhound Inn

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    The Greyhound Inn

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    Pub/Inn

    Taunton

    Welcome to the creeper-clad Greyhound Inn which...

  18. The Greyhound Inn

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    The Greyhound Inn

    4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars 4 AA Stars Inn

    Staple Fitzpaine, Nr Taunton

    Welcome to the creeper-clad Greyhound Inn which...

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    Price from £37.95 to £80.00 Per room (breakfast included)
  19. The Lamb and Flag

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    The Lamb and Flag

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    Pub/Inn

    Taunton

    The Lamb and Flag is a local landmark placed in...

  20. The Old Pigsty

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    The Old Pigsty

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

    Taunton

    Set in a tranquil location in an Area of...

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    Price from £260.00 to £380.00 Per unit per week

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