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Axbridge is a charming market town at the foot of the beautiful Mendip Hills, near to Cheddar, with a character all of its own. Once part of a Saxon defence system against the Viking invaders, its history goes back to King Alfred's time.
Ubley Parish sits in the Yeo valley at the west end of the Chew Valley. It is bordered to the north and south with ridges of hills, most significantly the Mendips to the south. It sits within the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and close to Blagdon Lake.
Stowey is a small village within the Chew Valley in Somerset, England. It lies south of Chew Valley Lake and north of the Mendip Hills, approximately 10 miles south of Bristol on the A368 road Weston-Super-Mare to Bath.
Shoscombe parish lies close to the south eastern boundary of Peasedown St John marked out by the bypass that encircles its southern edge.
The village of Nether Stowey is an ideal base for exploring the Quantock Hills – England’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – as its famous former resident Samuel Taylor Coleridge discovered more than 200 years ago.
The ‘bridge’ in the name of this town gives a clue to its influence in the days when transport by water and rail was more common than today when the motorway takes most of the traffic. Highbridge, as a market town, grew up around the bridge over the Brue and served numerous communities including those on the nearby peat moors.