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Somerset Countryside

A Simply Inspiring Landscape

Discover why Somerset has been an inspiration for poets such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge, authors including R.D Blackmore and films like Hot Fuzz and Elizabeth 1 - The Golden Age.

Explore the timeless beauty of rural Somerset.

With some dramatic natural features such as Cheddar Gorge and a remarkable coast, you will find everything you hoped for and more!

There is so much that is special about Somerset.

Did you know for example that the majority of Exmoor National Park (two thirds to be precise) is actually in Somerset not Devon?

Somerset is home to the Somerset Levels & Moors and three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) - Quantock Hills, Blackdown Hills and Mendip Hills.

In addition, Somerset has a whole host of Nature Reserves run by the RSPB, English Nature and Somerset Wildlife Trust as well as other protected areas recognised for their national and international importance.

If that's not enough then there are some great market towns and places to shop, as well as our superb Cider Farms! Start exploring now.

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  1. Dunkerton and Tunley

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    Dunkerton and Tunley

    Bath

    Situated on the northern slope of the valley of the Cam Brook, Dunkerton has been in existence for a thousand years or more. It is mentioned in Domesday Book; its name derives from the Anglo-Saxon...

  2. Cheddar Gorge

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    Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Blagdon, Bristol

    The Mendip Hills, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), are one of England’s most attractive landscapes. The distinctive limestone ridge rises from the flat Somerset Levels and...

  3. Wellow

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    Wellow

    Bath

    The Parish of Wellow lies three miles south of the city of Bath and five miles north east of Radstock, on the southern edge of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village lies on the...

  4. Paulton

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    Paulton

    Bristol

    Paulton is a large village with approximately 2,620 homes, located to the north of the Mendip Hills and is one of the largest in Bath & North East Somerset.  Paulton is a former coal-mining village...

  5. Timsbury

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    Timsbury

    BATH

    Timsbury is a friendly and attractive village in north east Somerset, surrounded by lovely rolling hills and valleys.

    It is a very active community and a lovely place to visit, close...

  6. Chelwood

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    Chelwood

    Bristol

    Four parishioners of Chelwood went to and returned safely from  World War I, therefore Chelwood has been designated a "Thankful Village". I believe there are only 8 such villages in Somerset. 

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  7. Keynsham Music Festival

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    Keynsham Music Festival

    Keynsham, Bristol

    Keynsham Music Festival 25th June- 1st July 2018

    The Keynsham Music Festival is one of the largest FREE music festivals in the whole of the UK. This year’s week long programme will showcase...

  8. Whitchurch

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    Whitchurch

    BRISTOL

    Whitchurch village is a small parish of just over 500 properties and just over 1000 electors, located in Bath and North East Somerset, just south east of Bristol & west of Bath. Please use the map...

  9. Cameley and Temple Cloud

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    Cameley and Temple Cloud

    Bristol

    Cameley dates back to Anglo Saxon times when it was part of the ‘Hundred of Chewton’. It is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as ‘Camelie’ and it lies on the Cam Brook. The name means ‘the curved...

  10. Farmborough

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    Farmborough

    Bath

    Farmborough is a small village and civil parish, 6 miles (9.7 km) south west of Bath in the unitary authority of Bath & North East Somerset, England. The Farmborough ward is represented by one...

  11. High Littleton

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    High Littleton

    BRISTOL

    The village of High Littleton and its hamlets of Hallatrow and Amesbury form a civil parish and are located in the county of Somerset and straddle both the A39 and A37, 8 miles (13 km) from Bath, 12...

  12. Stowey Sutton

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    Stowey Sutton

    Bristol

    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...

  13. Radstock

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    Radstock

    RADSTOCK

    Radstock is renowned as one of the best preserved former coal-mining towns in England which is the basis of its conservation status.  Much more can be learnt with a visit to Radstock Museum which...

  14. Westfield

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    Westfield

    RADSTOCK

    The parish of Westfield surrounds an ancient Roman Road, the Fosseway.  Although Westfield was not named in the Domesday Book it finally got its full identity when it was named as a Civil Parish in...

  15. Ubley

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    Ubley

    Bristol

    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...

  16. Priston

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    Priston

    Bath

    Priston is a small village just five miles south of Bath, enveloped by fields which are vibrant with yellow rapeseed flowers in spring and golden with ripening crops in summer. The traditional and...

  17. The Memorial Park Keynsham

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    The Memorial Park Keynsham

    Bristol

    The town sits on the confluence of the rivers Avon and Chew which meanders its way through the stunning Memorial Park. The 26 acre park is a jewel in Keynsham’s crown with people coming from all over...

  18. Farrington Gurney

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    Farrington Gurney

    Bristol

    Farrington Gurney is a small rural village and a great place to live. Situated in the north east of Somerset between Bristol, Bath and Wells. There is a parish church, St Johns, nestling in the...

  19. Glastonbury Tor at sunset

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    Glastonbury

    9 High Street, Glastonbury

    The opening of the London Olympics in 2012 clearly demonstrated Glastonbury’s special significance as part of Britain's National heritage and identity.  The Tor is a National Icon; the Abbey a...

  20. Saltford

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    Saltford

    Bristol

    The historic village of Saltford is a large village (4,200 residents) situated alongside the A4, the River Avon, and the main-line railway with the Bristol to Bath cycle-path passing through....

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