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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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...
Ferne Animal Sanctuary is set in 51 acres of beautiful rolling Somerset countryside and is home to an ever changing menagerie of animals including dogs, cats, horses, pigs, goats, sheep, rabbits,...
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...
Visit Britain’s biggest gorge, take in the dramatic cliffs rising up 450ft and explore the stunning stalactite caverns below.
Created by Ice age melt-waters over millions of years, this world...
Country Park/Nature Reserve
At the heart of Somerset lies a beautiful area called the Avalon Marshes, a vibrant, working...
This family-run working lavender farm offers its visitors spectacular views across its lavender...
Enjoy the sights and sounds of this magical wetland, created by the RSPB when peat extraction ended...
Fyne Court is a hidden gem in the heart of the Quantock Hills. Lose yourself in this wild garden,...
Cheddon Fitzpaine, Nr Taunton
Discover 300 years of garden design in one inspiring estate. Wander along the lakeside paths of...
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Hundreds of hectares of new saltmarsh and...
Holnicote Estate makes up 12,000 acres of Exmoor...