Somerset, sandwiched between Devon, Dorset,
Wiltshire and Gloucestershire is to many merely home to a chunk of the M5,
down which hoards zoom to Devon and Cornwall. Lovers of the countryside and
walking who dismiss it in this way are missing a trick because it has some
delightful rolling rural scenery, including the majority of Exmoor and the
Quantock and Blackdown Hills.
Its countryside is very varied because in
addition to the moors and hills, there are the Somerset Levels, a vast area
of incredibly flat land, where you can see for miles and is good for
It is famous for various towns and villages,
including Glastonbury, Dulverton and Dunster inland and seaside
resorts such as Minehead and Weston-super-Mare.
The South West Coast Path starts in Minehead,
reaching Poole in Dorset some 630 miles later. Some of the following walks
utilise sections of it.
There are a series of Official
South West Coast Path Guides.
Poets Coleridge and Wordsworth resided in the
county at one time.
Somerset has many, beautiful, sleepy villages
tucked away down narrow lanes with chocolate-box thatched roofs, looking as
though time has stood still. One of the best features of these (from my
point of view!) is that a good proportion have some delightful pubs!
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