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Sedgemoor - Somerset by the Sea

Sedgemoor - Somerset by the Sea – has some of the South West’s most stunning scenery, from the fragile Somerset Levels to the towering cliffs of Cheddar Gorge .

A magnificent sweep of sand stretches from the seaside resort of Burnham-on-Sea , north past the holiday villages of Berrow and Brean Sands , to the National Trust headland of Brean Down. This seven-mile beach is one of the area's great attractions. Backed by dunes and with one of the highest tidal ranges in the world, the sands provide a wonderful expanse for activities such as kite flying and sand yachting .

Visitors have been coming to Cheddar Gorge in the Mendip Hills for hundreds of years to experience its breathtaking Limestone cliffs. The famous Showcaves are open to the public and visitors can also watch real Cheddar cheese being made in the traditional way.

Popular with walkers and cyclists, the rolling Quantock Hills sweep south from the coast towards Bridgwater; deep wooded valleys on the slopes contrast with the open moorland creating beautiful views in every direction. The hills were an inspiration to the romantic poets Coleridge and Wordsworth who both lived in the area during the late 18th century. The cottage where Coleridge once lived, in Nether Stowey, is now owned by the National Trust and is open to the public.

Between the hills are the Somerset Levels and Moors – quiet wetlands famous for their willows and unspolit meadows. The Levels offer excellent opportunities for angling, cycling and wildlife.

Bridgwater is an ancient port, the fine examples of Georgian architecture reflecting its prosperous past. Each November, Bridgwater is also home to the largest illuminated Carnival in the world.

For more information on Sedgemoor - Somerset by the Sea please contact the Tourist Information Centre listed below - 0871 572 2521

Tourist Information Numbers

Address: Bridgwater House
King Square
Telephone Number: 0871 572 2730
South West Tourism 0871 716 2448

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