Things to See and Do:

Walking

We are  only a mile from the Quantock Hills, which can be reached from a footpath (taking you past our local pub if you're thirsty!) or via the road. Once here, you will experience truly beautiful landscapes, living up to their designated 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'. 

www.thetimes.co.uk/article/times-walks-great-wood-quantock-hills-somerset-6zf5q50pfk5

If you'd rather stay closer to home, our campsite is set within 4 acres and includes a woodland walk, a dedicated 'bee bank' planted with flowers to encourage bees to visit, and a paddock with wild summer meadow flowers that you are welcome to enjoy.

Mountain Biking

The Quantocks Hills are a prime mountain biking area, with varied topography. You can experience everything from trail riding on top of the hills, to dropping down into beautiful combes, traversing through ancient Cecil oak woodland or forestry. 

www.trailforks.com/region/the-quantock-hills/trails/

www.mbr.co.uk/routes/western-england/quantocks/quantocks-gps-route-download-320421

As born and bred locals, we are committed to doing our bit for our beautiful countryside. Wild deer and other animals rely on safe havens to seek sanctuary from humans. Please remember this when biking and try to avoid making new tracks, or biking at night. Both have become an increasing problem, driving deer from their natural habitat. We thank you for helping to protect our wildlife. 

Horse Riding

Enjoy everything from panoramic views on the heathland, to hacking through combes with their babbling brooks, ancient woodland or cantering through the zig zag of pine forestry. Quantock Trekking Centre is only 1 mile from our site! 

www.quantocktrekking.co.uk 

Dunster

Dunster Castle is over 1,000 years old and open to the public. The village itself is also teeming with listed buildings, including the amazing Yarn Market, the remains of a Benedictine priory, a working watermill, Packhorse Bridge and Iron Age settlements. www.discoverdunster.info

Somerset Steam Railway 

The West Somerset Railway has 20 miles of heritage railway through stunning Somerset countryside and coastline, making it Britain’s longest heritage line. We can't think of a more relaxing way to take in the varied beauty of the Somerset countryside than via the historic steam locomotives, coaches and wagons, and the ten unique stations. It can be picked up at our local village in Bishops Lydeard. 

www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk 

Nether Stowey 

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s cottage still stands in local Nether Stowey and is open to the public. It was whilst living here that he wrote his best work and would walk with Thomas Poole and William Wordsworth (who rented nearby Alfoxton Park). 

www.visitsomerset.co.uk/discover-somerset/towns-villages/north-somerset/nether-stowey/

Stogursey

St Andrew's Holy Well, along with the nearby medieval church, is dedicated to St Andrew. During the medieval period, the well water was said to have healing properties and there in fact two separate springs.

www.britainexpress.com/counties/somerset/churches/stogursey-holy-well.htm

Kilve Beach  

Marvel at the fossils dotted along the truly fascinating jurassic coastline of Kilve Beach.  www.visit-exmoor.co.uk/point-of-interest/kilve-beach

Your visit wouldn't be complete without stopping for a cream tea at the Chantry Tea Gardens. 

www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g504115-d3236440-r209178687-Chantry_Tea_Gardens-Bridgwater_Somerset_England.html

Cleeve Abbey

The Cistercian abbey is said to contain the finest cloister buildings in England, showing what monastic life was like 800 years ago. Although Henry VIII destroyed some of the abbey, the cloister buildings, including the gatehouse, 15th century refectory with its angel roof and 13th century heraldic tiles have survived.

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/cleeve-abbey/

Glastonbury

Not just the home of the festival, Medieval Glastonbury Abbey has held legendary status as the earliest Christian foundation in Britain linked to Joseph of Arimathea and the burial place of King Arthur! 

www.glastonburyabbey.com

Minehead

This Edwardian seaside town of Minehead is on the Great Western Railway line.  Minehead beach is perfect for family seaside fun as well as the promenade and its seaside cafés, bars and shops. Walk a little further and you'll come to the historic harbor, which originated as a port in the 14th Century. From here, you can take a trip on the paddle steamer Waverley and motor vessel Balmoral. Blenheim Gardens are also within walking distance of the seafront, together with the main shopping street. 

www.visitsomerset.co.uk/discover-somerset/minehead/minehead.

Ghostly Quantocks

If history, the supernatural and folklore are your thing, we have it all! From wurt worm, dragons, and haunted Cothelstone (where the gates still stand that were used to hang those convicted by Judge Jeffries, the 'Hanging Judge') to Dead Woman's Ditch and the location of Walford's hanging.  

The ghost of Johny Walford's murdered wife, Jane, has been seen on the coach road crossing the Quantock Hills close to Walford's Gibbet, the location where Walford's body was left hanging for a year and a day for the crime.    

www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/dark-somerset-doomed-marriage-jane-810710

https://benchends.wordpress.com/2017/07/01/the-crowcombe-dragon-and-the-gurt-wurm-of-shervage/

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