Out & About

Whatever the season, there’s a wealth of countryside, coast, culture and heritage sights to explore. And a tempting variety of wonderful pubs, eateries, picnic spots, cider farms and Farmers Markets throughout the region.


As an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ there’s a rich and varied landscape on the doorstep: limestone hills with dramatic gorges and caves, the Somerset Levels with its wetlands and nature reserves and the beaches of the Bristol Channel coastline. It’s a wonderful base to explore the great outdoors.

  • The natural wonder of Cheddar Gorge and Caves
  • Ebbor Gorge and Wookey Hole Caves
  • Sandy beaches at Brean, Berrow, Sand Point and Weston-super-Mare
  • Local reservoir and Blagdon & Chew Valley lakes
  • Rambling and mountain bike trails galore
  • The Strawberry Line national SUSTRANS cycle & walking track which runs through Axbridge


Equally, there’s easy access to cities, culture & buzz:

Vibrant Bristol (19 miles) is just a 30 minute drive away. Georgian Bath (20 miles) a scenic drive up Cheddar Gorge and over the Mendips.

Charming Wells, England’s smallest city, with its magnificent cathedral, Bishops Palace and twice weekly markets, is a local must see.

As is quirky Glastonbury with its famous Tor, Abbey ruins & Chalice Well.


The World Heritage prehistoric stone circle sites of Stonehenge and Avebury are do-able day trip destinations. And in all directions of the compass, there’s the historically rich and culturally contemporary cities to visit: Salisbury, to the East, Exeter to the South, Cardiff to the West and Cheltenham and Gloucester to the North.