points of interest
Somerset is an interesting and varied county. It has the Levels criss-crossed by rhynes, with quiet villages and farms, moors and nature reserves. Remnants of the willow and peat industries remain and, turning into quiet lanes, you can spot the old war-time pill box guarding an inland waterway coming in from the sea. The county has its coastline with traditional sea-side towns, long sandy beaches, and huge variation between high and low tides. Somerset is bordered by hills, the Quantocks in the west feeding through into the Brendons and onwards to Exmoor. Northwards are the Mendips with Wells nestled nearby and, on the way there, Glastonbury around its famous Tor.
|Thread your way through Cheddar and onwards to the lakes at Chew Valley, dotted with sailing boats, bird sanctuaries and places to stroll. Lastly to the south, are the Blackdown Hills designated, like the others, as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.|
Berrow and Brean beaches (12miles away) feature sand dunes, a shipwreck and the opportunities for horse riding along the sands.
Canal and river trails start in Bridgwater and The West Somerset Coastal Path runs from the hamlet of Steart to Minehead. The National Trust owns a number of sites, including Brent Knoll, Brean Down, Cheddar Gorge and Glastonbury Tor. Areas to walk in the Quantocks include Lydeard Hill, and The Great Wood.