The Beautiful County of Somerset

By: Douglas Scott

Somerset, literally translated means the Land of the Summer People, and it is a county, which has been famous for centuries for its fruits of the land.

Somerset is the home of Cheddar Cheese, you can still see it being made today in Cheddar Gorge near the Mendip Hills. The Mendip Hills are also the home of the ancient city of Wells and just six miles away lies the mysterious Glastonbury, burial place of King Arthur.

Somerset apple orchards grow in abundance producing a drink, which gives you a real taste of the West Country, The World Famous Cider.

From the tiny orchards making farmhouse Scrumpy which is a very potent local brew to the large commercial operations producing a smooth refined drink which is increasing in popularity throughout the U.K. and overseas.

There has always been a strong association between Somerset and apples, there is even an Apple Brandy produced in the county called Somerset Royal which further strengthens this link. Many of the orchards are attractions in their own right so make a little time to explore.

The long sweeping beaches and coastal resorts at Minehead, Burnham on Sea, Weston Super Mare or Clevedon are perfect for family holidays made from sand, sea and surf.

Venture inland and Somerset unveils a rustic and wild countryside which is epic and welcoming, alive with colour. Five hill ranges three of which are Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are home to a diverse range of flora and forna. The Levels and Moors are a rural idyll where traditional crafts still bind the tapestry of West Country life.

Cradled in the arms of the countryside, towns and villages invite you to seek out their history and heritage. Hidden treasures abound as you make your way across this magical county sampling the delights along the way.

A county for all seasons, The Land of the Summer People holds new surprises whenever you visit at whatever time of year.

From mystical Glastonbury Tor, historical Wells, and castles in Dunster and Taunton to a days discovery at The Fleet Air Arm Museum or adventure at Cheddar Caves and Gorge, you will never be wondering what to do in Somerset.

If you get your thrills mountain biking, caving, rock climbing, hiking and exploring or simply by indulging in a little retail therapy or sampling local fare, then the county offers a rich pallette from which to choose.

Fun packed family entertainment at Butlins in Minehead or a journey into the underground caverns and grottos of Wookey Hole, Somerset is a county full of surprises. With so much to do one visit will not be enough.

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