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The hidden gems of Somerset

One of the larger English counties and yet far from the most densely populated, Somerset has so many surprises waiting to be unwrapped. Those who live here have discovered many hidden gems, the wildflower meadows, beach waterfalls, ancient wells, unique carvings and underground reservoirs. 

Think of Somerset and what comes to mind – the things you know such as delicious strawberries, authentic Cheddar cheese and thirst quenching cider. What is lesser known is the fossil hunting on local beaches, miles of mountain biking,  a network of footpaths and byways for walking and horse riding across the County including on the Quantocks   a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and discovering the beauty of the beaches and coastal paths. World-wide, our county is famous for its Glastonbury Festival, illuminated carnivals, and Arthurian Legends.

Somerset borders Devon and Dorset both popular destinations for holidays, short breaks and day trips. For a more urban experience there is Bristol and Bath to the North, and Exeter to the West with plenty of options for museums and galleries, theatres and the diversity of city life. Somerset is the choice for those in search of the ultimate work-life balance, the quiet of the countryside and rural living but within easy reach of the full city experience. 

The prolific American writer, John Steinbeck who lived and wrote in Bruton Somerset for a short while said this about it: “Time loses all it’s meaning. The peace I have dreamed about is here.”

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