The county of Somerset is less well known than Devon to the west, but has a quiet charm and gentle landscapes that have much to offer the visitor looking for 'unspoiled England'.
Within Somerset there are various areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty including the Mendip Hills, the Quantock Hills, and part of the Blackdown Hills. The eastern part of Exmoor National Park also falls within Somerset, with the Somerset Levels falling in the middle of the county.
Among the most important towns are the historical town of Bath, the cathedral city of Wells and the 'new-age' town of legends at Glastonbury. The county town for Somerset is at Taunton, while others include Axbridge, Yeovil and Chard.
The main coastal resorts in Somerset are Minehead, Weston-Super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea, each traditional seaside resorts with sandy beaches and their own family-friendly character. For a bit more solitude head for the long beach at Blue Anchor Bay (between Minehead and Watchet).
Another very popular scenic destination in Somerset is Cheddar, with its famous gorge and caves.