Travel Guide to Somerset

Charlotte Howard By Charlotte Howard, 8th Jul 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A short travel guide to the English county of Somerset

Travel guide to Somerset

The South West of England is a beautiful part of the country, with fields spreading out far and wide down to the southern coast. Part of the South West is the county of Somerset. Famous for their laid-back attitude, and 'bumpkin' lifestyle, and it would be easy to think of Somerset as simple farming country, and whilst there is plenty of land to look out over, there are also some very interesting sights to visit.

From the beaches of Minehead and Weston-Super-Mare to the Exmoor National Park, Somerset is the perfect place to holiday with something to do for everyone. The visit Somerset website shows the wide range of activities available throughout the county.

If you prefer the seaside, you can choose from the busy beaches of Burnham-On-Sea and Berrow and Brean Sands, popular tourist attractions amongst holiday makers with plenty of hotels, B&B’s or self-catering cottages to stay. Typically English beach attractions include donkey and horse riding along the sands, strolling along the esplanades and steam-engine rides. Minehead also offers the chance to stay at one of the famous Butlins resort nearby.

For a quieter beach, head towards Kilve or Clevedon. The long cliff walks can provide a time to reflect on the British flora and fauna. Children may also be interested in the generous rock pools and chance to find fossils amongst the coastline.

Just south of Bristol is the harbour town of Portishead where visitors are able to view the Welsh coastline and Gordano Valley. Victorian country houses, zoo farms (petting zoos) and a museum mean that you can enjoy this small town, whatever your interests.

For those who would rather visit the deep countryside of Somerset, there is plenty to decide upon. Sweeping landscapes and nature reserves have provided inspiration to many poets, authors and screen writers including William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Robert Blake. Many film-makers use the natural beauty and manor houses as backdrops for their movies, including The Libertine starring John Malkovich and Johnny Depp. Other films made in Somerset include the British film, Hot Fuzz, filmed in the beautiful town of Wells, a town used in part of the film The Golden Age.

The Quantock, Blackdown and Mendip Hills are famous throughout the country for providing excellent hiking and endurance activities including the Golden Horseshoe Endurance Ride. But, as well as many valleys and hills Somerset also boasts flatland, housing quaint villages and towns including Glastonbury, famous for their music festival held every summer. Exmoor is home to one of the world’s oldest pony breeds, who still roam wild across the moors.

The more adventurous holiday maker may be fascinated by the caves including Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole. Both provide wildlife and historical tours, catering for all interests. Cheddar Gorge is possibly most famous for the cheese that originated from the town. Wookey Hole also houses the Wookey Witch’s petrified remains.

The small town of Yeovilton, situated a few miles from Yeovil, is home to the Yeovilton Royal Navy Air Base and their Fleet Air Arm Museum, filled with memories from the wars that the British forces have been involved in.

Many castles and forts are dotted around the county, including the haunted Taunton Castle, just one place filled with myths and mystery. Somerset is also said to be part of the King Arthur legend, with Glastonbury Abbey monks claiming to have the remains of Arthur and Guinevere.

Depending on the time of year visited, Somerset sees many carnivals pass through the county. Bridgwater Carnival is known to be one of the most illuminated in Europe, attracting hundreds of people each year.

But of course, no visit to Somerset could be complete without a trip to one of the many cider farms. The town of Taunton and villages of Ilminster and Martock house the three best cider farms in the county, where you are able to sample the final products and buy souvenirs.

With the motorway M5 running through the heart of the county, passing through and over most major towns, Somerset is easily accessible to anyone visiting or living there. A beautiful part of the county, Somerset is definitely worth a thought for any holiday-maker.

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author avatar Charlotte Howard
I write for Helium.com, and am also a published author. Somehow I also manage to be a busy Mum to 2 young children and housewife as well!

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14th Jun 2013 (#)

This is a fabulous write

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