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Our Landscape and Nature category brings all Coast Radar’s Somerset listings related to looking for something to do or a place to visit together where they offer some form of the countryside or coast path based activity.
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- Exmoor is loosely defined as an area of hilly open moorland in west Somerset and north Devon and is named after the River Exe. Exmoor was designated a National Park in 1954. Exmoor has 55 kilometres (34 miles) of coastline and includes the highest sea cliff on mainland Britain, Great Hangman near Combe Martin at 318 m (1,043 ft) high, with a cliff face of 250 m (820 ft).
- Mendip Hills – gorges, distinctive peaks and ancient woodland rising above the Somerset Levels. Views towards the Quantocks and Bristol Channel with many natural landmarks, rock formations and caves created by the limestone geology. Good for wildlife-watching, especially butterflies and wildflowers with large open spaces for walking, cycling and horse riding.
- Wookey Hole cave system has 25 chambers and was formed through erosion of the limestone hills by the River Axe. Before emerging at Wookey Hole the water enters underground streams and passes through other caves such as Swildon’s Hole and St Cuthbert’s Swallet. After resurging, the waters of the River Axe are used in a handmade paper mill, which began operations circa 1610, although a corn grinding mill operated there as early as 1086. The caves, at a constant temperature of 11 °C (52 °F), have been used by humans for around 50,000 years. The low temperature means that the caves can be used for maturing Cheddar cheese.
- The Royal Victoria Park is a municipal park in central Bath which stretches over 57 acres. Overlooked by the Royal Crescent, the Park was opened in 1830 and named after the then Princess Victoria who went on to become Queen. Although initially in private hands, Victoria Park was opened to the public in 1921. It contains a magnificent collection of trees as well as colourful planting, bird aviary, a duck pond, tennis courts, bowling green, adventure playground and a 12 and 18 hole golf course.
- Wills Neck is the summit of the Quantock Hills and is one of the highest points in Somerset. Located about 8 miles north west of the county town of Taunton it stands at 384m high. It is possible to see Dartmoor, Exmoor, the Blackdown Hills, the Mendips and the Brecon Beacons from the top of the hill on a clear day. There are several walks that take in the Quantock Hills and Wills Neck, some of which are quite steep. The name ‘Wills Neck’ comes from a Saxon word meaning stranger.
- The Tor dominates the surrounding countryside and offers spectacular views over Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. At the summit of this very steep hill an excavation has revealed the plans of two superimposed churches of St Michael, of which only a 15th-century tower remains.
- Cheddar Gorge is on the southern area of the Mendip Hills. A spectacular limestone ravine with rocks to a height of 100m (328 ft) and a winding road passes through the gorge for approximately 5 km (3 miles). For the more energetic a footpath follows the top of the gorge on its southern edge. Cheddar cheese was given its name from this area and the caves within the gorge once provided the perfect constant temperature to store the cheese. In the summer open top bus tours travel down the gorge and guided tours of the caves are also available.
- The Georgian Garden is situated just behind The Circus in central Bath. It is a recreated garden from the period 1760-1770 and follows the position of flower-beds and paths which were excavated by the Bath Archaelogical Trust in the 1980s. The Garden is open all year round and admission is free. Find the entrance in Gravel Walk between Royal Crescent and Queen Square.
- Brean Down headland just to the south of Weston-super-Mare is a spectacular 97m high outcrop extending 2km into the Bristol Channel and one of the most dramatic landmarks on Somerset’s coastline with cliffs and Victorian fort built in 1865. You have some spectacular views inland to the Somerset Levels or out to sea and south Wales. Rich wildlife habitat can be explored by a network of paths.