Somerset & Exmoor

Greentraveller's Guide to Somerset & Exmoor, England

by Paul Bloomfield

Written by Paul Bloomfield
Artwork for Greentraveller's Guides by Tina Smith and Mark Edwards

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About this guide

This online guide to Great Escapes in Somerset and Exmoor is part of a body of work that has been jointly commissioned from Greentraveller by West Somerset Council, Exmoor National Park Authority, Sedgemoor District Council and Somerset County Council as part of the COOL tourism project to grow and promote sustainable rural tourism.

The Great Escapes supplement (below), which appears in January 2015's edition of Countryfile magazine, was written and researched by Paul Bloomfield and designed by Tina Smith. The text in this Greentraveller's Guide to Somerset & Exmoor draws upon the work in the supplement with additional writing by Ellie Spens and Florence Fortnam. The photographs in this online guide have been provided by Exmoor National Park Authority and Somerset Tourism and include photos by the following: Colin Hawkins, Lynne Newton, JMW Photography, Paul Miles, Ian Brodie, Peter Booton, Colin Rowe, Diana Jarivs and Paul Miles.

What our writers discovered in Somerset & Exmoor

A land of castles and clifftops, of charming hamlets and wild moors, of clean air and burbling brooks, of starling murmurations and stags roaring: it’s not hard to see what draws people to Somerset and Exmoor. It’s here where the poets Coleridge and Wordsworth roamed, where Blackmore set the forbidden trysts of Lorna Doone and John Ridd, where King Arthur lies resting. Probably. It’s where farms produce fabulously fresh food – and restaurants and pubs dish it up. In short, this is the English countryside par excellence – and the perfect destination for a great escape, whether it’s for a day ambling one of the well-marked footpaths or a week exploring the byways and villages. 

Exmoor Ponies

Paul Bloomfield test-tramps a new series of wildlife walks in the Mendip Hills that are designed to showcase the natural treasures of this easily accessible area, ranging from just a couple of miles to more testing leg-stretchers.

Two centuries ago, the Romantic poets sought inspiration on the byways of Exmoor. Paul Bloomfield follows in their footsteps on a section of the Coleridge Way.

Exmoor Explorer Bus

Our guide to travelling to and around Exmoor National Park without a car.

Stay, Eat, See & Do

Our pick of places across Somerset & Exmoor

Written by Paul Bloomfield

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