"Beautiful Somerset" Top 5 Page for this destination Somerset by Bwana_Brown
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During our 2-week Christmas, 2005 visit to England, Day 2 of our road trip from London to Cornwall found us crossing the County of Somerset for most of the day (please see my 'General' tip for a map of our route). Located in the southwest corner of England, you must pass through either Somerset to the north or Dorset in the south in order to gain access to this Land's End area of the country, the tip of England which sticks out into the Atlantic Ocean. On our many previous drives down this way, we had always skimmed through just a bit of Somerset on either the central or southerly highways in this part of the country. On this drive along the north coast for the first time, I was really surprised at the beautiful countryside of this County as well as it's many very enjoyable attractions. Early in the day we started off by stumbling across the ruins of a 700-year old Castle located beside the highway, followed by the largest gorge in England at Cheddar and finishing things off with a drive through scenic and rugged Exmoor National Park as darkness began to fall. We had beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures all day long, making this the best driving day of our trip.
- Pros:Great countryside, lots of attractions
- Cons:A bit industrialized near the western outskirts of Bristol
- In a nutshell:A fantastic drive along its country roads
This map shows our latest Christmas, 2005 trip in Blue as we took the northerly route to Cornwall, while the Black route... more travel advice
We had a pre-booked standard transmission Ford Mondeo 1.8LX from Hertz rentals at Heathrow airport to provide our means... more travel advice
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