Mendip Hills and Somerset

The Somerset Levels and Moors – are the real Somerset or “Sumer saeta” – the land of the summer people. The area’s history is coloured by people of strong character and tough disposition – the early man who lived off the marshes some 6,000 years ago; King Alfred (who burnt the cakes); the medieval Monks who created the great abbeys; the heroes of the Civil Wars; and today the farmers of the moors producing golden cider, white wine, yellow cheese, red strawberries, black peat, and brown willows among the blue wetlands.

Glastonbury – steeped in mist and legend; linked with Joseph of Arimathea and the early Christian church, and Celtic mythology – the fabled Isle of Avalon, the resting place of the hero-king Arthur; throughout the ages, and still, a major centre of pilgrimage. The “holiest earthe in England”.

The Mendip Hills is one of the most distinctive, oldest inhabited parts of England. Formed 3 million years ago, the limestone ridge gives way to the deep gorges of Cheddar and Burrington Combe. Mined for its minerals since earliest times, it now attracts pot-holers and rock climbers, and is famous for its cheese, caves and cliffs. An Ancient Landscape.

Wells Cathedral and surrounds – marvel at the beauty of this great Gothic Cathedral, wonder at the incomparable Vicars’ close, the oldest complete medieval street in Europe, and find the springs in the moated Bishop’s Palace, the most memorable in all England

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