Exploring Somerset

The South West of England enjoys some of the best weather that the UK has to offer, bar none. This area encompasses Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and the Scilly Isles, Bath, Bristol, The Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean, Somerset and Wiltshire. Some of these will immediately leap out as tourist hot spots, whilst other will be areas you have heard of but due to their location know little about.

Somerset is a prime example of this, you think Somerset you think cider, yet this enchanting county has much to offer the visitor apart from its famous beverage. The rugged wildness of Exmoor National Park as well as three other designated areas of outstanding natural beauty and a landscape that varies between rich green countryside with rolling hills and golden sands, make Somerset a stunning place to visit.

There are those who are unaware that Somerset even has a coastline, so the beauty of such resorts as Clevedon, which dates back to Victorian days, really gives the visitor a pleasant surprise. No trip to Somerset is complete without a visit to England’s smallest city; Wells. There is much to see and do within a relatively small area, and the jewel in the crown in the outstanding cathedral which was constructed between the 12th-14th century.

The local produce available in Somerset is sublime, and made good use of in both pubs and restaurants. Succulent venison and lamb and smoked fish are readily on offer, alongside the county’s most famous exports; Cheddar cheese and, of course, the cider. There are numerous award winning restaurants scattered across Somerset, all ready to give your taste buds a real treat and satisfy even the most discerning of diners.

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