Top Reasons to visit Somerset this Autumn
Rural Somerset is one of the UK’s most charming counties. With vast moorlands, Exmoor National Park and three other areas of outstanding natural beauty to explore Somerset is a wonderful place to get outdoors this autumn.
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The best time of day to visit Exmoor National Park is in the morning when the air is crisp and the morning sun is low and bright in the clear blue sky. The breath-taking landscape looks all the more enchanting bathed in the copper and gold autumn leaves and you’re sure to spot a famous Red Deer whilst out rambling in the misty fields.
The cool autumn weather means you’ll appreciate Somerset’s cosy country pubs all the more when you pause for a pit stop after a long day of walking. The county’s musical roots (home to the famous Glastonbury festival) ensure you’ll be sure to able to find some live folk music whilst you keep warm over a cheeseboard and pint of Somerset cider.
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Somerset’s beaches are also well worth exploring. The coastline is one of the longest in the UK with the South West Coast Path offering 630 miles of stunning scenery. There are lots of different types of walks to choose from and with it being autumn the crowds will have gone home so you’ll have the beaches to yourself, perfect for if you have dogs. If you’re going to be with children be sure to try one of the treasure trail walks which have fun clues to solve along the way.
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The stunning Cheddar Gorge is a must see attraction as it is Britain’s biggest gorge and an area of sublime natural beauty. It is perfect for a family day out as you can walk along the cliffs with a picnic and then go underground and explore the stalactite caverns. If you’re feeling adventurous it’s also a haven for rock climbers.
There are lots of beautiful little towns and villages in Somerset to stay which are home to famous landmarks and monuments. From busy sea side towns like Minehead to country villages such as Taunton there are plenty of options to suit your needs. A popular alternative to hotels and B&B’s are log cabins which are especially nice in autumn as you can take a dip in the outdoor heated hot tub whilst looking out at the scenery and breathing in the cool fresh air.
Written by James Matthews – James is a 22 year old history graduate with a passion for travel and a keen desire to share his travel ambitions and experiences. He has extensive travel experience and aims to inspire fellow travel enthusiasts to pursue their travel ambitions.