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The Natural Wonders of Somerset

Somerset is still revealing some of its most amazing natural wonders whereas others have been recognised since the earliest times.

Our ancestors knew the value of the rich fertile land of the Somerset Levels and we have found evidence that they built tracks there thousands of years ago.

They also sought shelter in the caves that formed in the limestone of the Mendip Hills but it is only in the last 100 years that we have been able to share the majestic beauty of the rock formations created by the action of mineral laden water.

Even as recently as 2015, an addition was made to the show cave systems at Wookey Hole making it one of the biggest in Europe.

When it comes to the oldest, biggest, tallest natural wonders, Somerset scores pretty highly.

On Exmoor National Park alone we have Britain’s tallest tree, its highest sea cliffs and the most red deer.

Exmoor is also Europe’s first International Dark Sky Reserve.

When it comes to nature reserves, we have more than our fair share in Somerset, partly because with the second highest tidal range in the world, our bit of sea – the Bristol Channel – creates rare habitats for a range of creatures particularly wading birds.

Birds also flock inland where we have the largest managed wetlands in western Europe.

The Mendip Hills with their gorges, coombes and caves are also responsible for the curative geothermal springs that bubble up in Bath as their source is the rain falling on the hills.

The Romans realised the value of this natural wonder, creating the famous baths that still exist today.

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  1. Wookey Hole Caves & Attractions

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    Wookey Hole Caves & Attractions

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    Adventure Park/Playground

    Wells

    Britain’s most spectacular show caves and home to the infamous Witch of Wookey. Wander through the prehistoric Valley Of The Dinosaurs and enter the 19th Century Paper Mill, which houses a variety of...

  2. Cheddar Caves & Gorge

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    Cheddar Caves & Gorge

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    Cave

    Cheddar

    Explore Britain’s biggest gorge, from the stunning stalactite caverns to the dramatic cliffs rising over 450ft. This world-famous site is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which reveals many...

  3. Kilver Court Gardens

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    Kilver Court Gardens

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    Garden

    Shepton Mallet

    Kilver Court gardens, set against the impressive backdrop of the Charlton Viaduct, were created over 100 years ago by Ernest Jardine – a progressive industrialist who wanted to give his workforce...

  4. Ferne Animal Sanctuary

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    Ferne Animal Sanctuary

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    Animal Collection

    Chard

    Ferne Animal Sanctuary is set in 51 acres of countryside on the Devon/Somerset border. Ferne takes in unwanted, abandoned and neglected animals and gives them a fantastic life either at the sanctuary...

  5. Avalon Marshes

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    Avalon Marshes

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    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Westhay, Glastonbury


    At the heart of Somerset lies a beautiful area called the Avalon Marshes, a vibrant, working...

  6. Somerset Lavender

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    Somerset Lavender

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    Garden

    Radstock

    This family-run working lavender farm offers its visitors spectacular views across its lavender...

  7. National Trust - Fyne Court

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    National Trust - Fyne Court

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    Garden

    Nr Bridgwater

    Fyne Court is a hidden gem in the heart of the Quantock Hills. Lose yourself in this wild garden,...

  8. RSPB Nature Reserve Ham Wall

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    RSPB Nature Reserve Ham Wall

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    Natural Feature

    Nr Glastonbury

    Enjoy the sights and sounds of this magical wetland, created by the RSPB when peat extraction ended...

  9. mill pond

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    Hestercombe Gardens

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    Garden

    Cheddon Fitzpaine, Nr Taunton


    Discover 300 years of garden design in one inspiring estate.  Wander along the lakeside paths of...

  10. National Trust - Holnicote Estate

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    National Trust - Holnicote Estate

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    National Park

    Minehead

    Holnicote Estate makes up 12,000 acres of Exmoor...

  11. Steart Marshes

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    Steart Marshes

    Type

    Country Park/Nature Reserve

    Nr Bridgwater

    Hundreds of hectares of new saltmarsh and...

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