Tiny, and very pretty, Allerford is centred on a picturesque 17th-century packhorse bridge that arches over the fast-flowing Aller Brook.
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A towering, blade-shaped peninsula nosing out into the Bristol Channel, Brean Down is essentially the last remnant of the Mendip Hills escarpment.
Saint Andrews church leans, rather disconcertingly, at a 15° angle – that’s about 3ft from top to bottom.
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Backed by the largest remaining area of sand dunes along the Somerset coast, Berrow is as tranquil a spot as you could wish for.
Berrow Dunes Local Nature Reserve supports over 250 species of wildflower, including sea milkwort and common sea lavender.
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Chedder Gorge is home to an array of wildlife; feral Soay sheep – with their distinctive, shaggy chocolate coats – and wild goats cling improbably to the sides, while buzzards, falcons and kestrels circle high above.
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St Catherine’s Quarter in Frome is known for its proliferation of independent shops selling vintage clothing, jewellery, flowers, vinyl records, and much, much more.
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Motorcar buffs will love the brilliant Haynes Motor Museum, one of the finest of its kind anywhere in the world.
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Exerting a tremendous presence for miles around, Wells Cathedral is not only one of the finest ecclesiastical monuments in England but lays fair claim to being the first complete Gothic cathedral in the country.
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Larger and more spread out than Allerford, Selworthy is another absurdly attractive, if overly twee, village with a spacious green and many custard-coloured thatched cottages.
Founded in the 7th century, possibly even earlier, Glastonbury Abbey can lay fair claim to being the country’s oldest Christian site.
Spectacularly set atop the tor that dominates the town, Dunster Castle is mentioned in the Domesday Book and was home to the Luttrell family from 1405 until it was handed over to the National Trust in 1974.
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Dominating Weston’s seafront is the Edwardian, Grade II-listed Grand Pier, rebuilt in 2010 after its pavilion burnt down two years earlier; it had previously been destroyed by fire in 1930 having originally been built in 1904.
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Ringed by three miles of defensive ramparts, Ham Hill, or Hamdon Hill to give it its proper title, has been a source of building stone ever since quarrying began here in Roman times.
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Between November and February, Shapwick Heath’s main draw is the murmurations, the name given to large groups of starling flocks.
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