North East Somerset

Covering a huge area between Wells and Bath, North East Somerset is home to the Chew Valley and its lakes, and the Somer Valley.

Discover the secrets of towns and villages hidden amongst rolling hills and valleys - from Chew Valley to Farmborough, Saltford and Whitchurch. It’s home to global celebrities and top eateries including the award-winning Salt and Malt.

What to do in North East Somerset
Covering an area of more than 130 square miles, North East Somerset - also known as Bath and North East Somerset (or BANES) was created in 1996 after the county of Avon was divided between Somerset and Gloucestershire. Today it’s an area of rolling hills, sparkling lakes and quintessentially English villages. Start in Keynsham, at the very northern edge of the area: a bustling commuter town ideally positioned on the main road between Bristol and Bath. Venturing through lush field- lined roads towards the stunning Chew Valley Lake, you’ll find beautiful villages like Chew Magna and West Harptree that offer rural serenity but are still perfectly connected to Somerset’s main transport routes. To the south are cosy towns including Midsomer Norton and Radstock, packed with history from the middle ages to the industrial revolution. Go west and you’ll find villages like Freshford hidden among picturesque river valleys, conveniently located on rail lines to Bristol, Bath and Frome. Testifying to its desirability, North East Somerset is home to celebrities and leading hospitality venues alike. British actors Maisie Williams and Anthony Head both have homes in the area, while Coldplay and Kylie Minogue are just two of the artists who’ve performed at the Ring O’ Bells pub in Compton Martin. The lakeside Salt and Malt restaurant in Chew Stoke cooks award-winning seafood, whilst the world-famous hotel and venue Babington House sits just outside North East Somerset’s south-eastern border.

How to get to North East Somerset
By car: To access North East Somerset you can exit the M5 anywhere at Junctions 18 or 19, exit the M4 between Junctions 18 and 23, or exit the A303 anywhere between
Langport and Wincanton. Follow signs towards some of the main places in North East
Somerset, including Bath, Chew Magna, Midsomer Norton, Radstock and Keynsham.
By train and bus: Rail and bus services run to Bath and other towns in North East
Somerset either directly or through local connecting stations.

By air: Bristol Airport sits on the border of the Bristol and North East Somerset areas.
Buses run regularly through the area, either directly or via Bristol terminals.

Covering a huge area between Wells and Bath

North Somerset is home to the Chew Valley and its lakes, and the Somer Valley.

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