Revealed: The 13 best scenic views in and around North Somerset

PUBLISHED: 18:00 31 August 2017

Picture: Terry Kelly

Picture: Terry Kelly

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From rolling hills to beautiful beaches, North Somerset has some of the most picturesque landscapes and therefore some of the best scenic views. These are our 13 favourites.

Ashton Mill at sunset. Picture: Mark NashAshton Mill at sunset. Picture: Mark Nash

Ashton windmill

This stone tower mill in Chapel Allerton was built around 1760 and stopped working in 1927.

It is surrounded by fields and makes for a picture-perfect view when the sun sets beautifully behind it.

Cheddar Gorge.Cheddar Gorge.

Cheddar Gorge

The gorge is one of Somerset’s most famous sites, offering a challenging landscape to test your walking abilities while taking in the breathtaking views.

The high cliffs and dramatic scenery never fail to impress, even when just driving through the gorge.

The view overlooking the boatyard and surrounding area from the top of Uphill. Picture: Mark AnsteeThe view overlooking the boatyard and surrounding area from the top of Uphill. Picture: Mark Anstee


The peaceful village of Uphill offers some of the most incredible views in North Somerset.

Uphill’s quaint boatyard is wonderful to wander around and its high hills offer views across to Wales and further south of the county to Brean Down and Brent Knoll.

Weston's Marine Lake just after sunset. Picture: John StephensonWeston's Marine Lake just after sunset. Picture: John Stephenson

Marine Lake, Weston-super-Mare

You can find a slice of tranquillity just a short walk away from the centre of Weston, at Marine Lake.

The walkway from Knightstone Island paired with the stillness of the water makes for a lovely spot to take time to think and watch the sun set.

Simon Williams took this photo while climbing Shute Shelve.Simon Williams took this photo while climbing Shute Shelve.

Shute Shelve and Crook Peak

This is one of Somerset’s most popular walking routes, and it offers spectacular views across the Mendip Hills.

On a clear day you can spot Glastonbury Tor to the south and see across to Wales from Crook Peak.

Middle Hope and Sand Point. Picture: James WaltersMiddle Hope and Sand Point. Picture: James Walters

Sand Point

If you do not want to stray far from Weston, Sand Point and Middle Hope is the perfect spot to take in some of the town’s most beautiful views.

Marvelling at the ocean from the top of Sand Point has to be one of the finest ways to spend an afternoon in Weston.

Clevedon's Marine Lake. Picture: Mark AthertonClevedon's Marine Lake. Picture: Mark Atherton

Marine Lake, Clevedon

Clevedon’s Marine Lake offers a peaceful setting to relax, read a book, or watch people taking part in watersports.

When the sun catches the water just right, there’s not a more picture-perfect spot in North Somerset.

The breathtaking view of Brean's coastline. Picture: James WaltersThe breathtaking view of Brean's coastline. Picture: James Walters

Brean Down

This National Trust spot offers dramatic cliffs and a Victorian fort to feast your eyes on.

The coastal walk is a firm favourite for many living in the area, and attracts tourist from far and wide to take in the scenic route.

Sunset behind Birnbeck Pier. Picture: Matt BeaverSunset behind Birnbeck Pier. Picture: Matt Beaver

Birnbeck Pier

While Birnbeck Pier may be crumbling, it still makes for a lovely spot to sit and contemplate.

We’d recommend heading down to the pier at sunset for the best views.

Blagdon Lake and Chew Valley Lake. Picture: Zak GhentBlagdon Lake and Chew Valley Lake. Picture: Zak Ghent

Blagdon Lakes

There is so much wonderful wildlife to spot at Blagdon Lakes and the tranquillity of the water makes this one of our favourite spots in Somerset.

Many people enjoy a spot of fishing on these lakes, but there’s plenty of walking paths too.

The view from Tyntesfield. Picture: Steve LewisThe view from Tyntesfield. Picture: Steve Lewis

Tyntesfield House

This National Trust house offers expansive views across its gardens and parkland from its grounds, with many also marvelling at the Victorian gothic house itself.

The gardens look stunning on almost any occasion, but we’d recommend heading down with a picnic on a sunny day.

Portishead Marina. Picture: Lionel MajzikPortishead Marina. Picture: Lionel Majzik

Portishead Marina

On a sunny day the reflections on the water of Portishead Marina are mesmerising, and it is a lovely spot to wander around of an afternoon.

There are also plenty of places to eat and drink nearby, for those who don’t want to pack a picnic.

The view from Brent Knoll. Picture: Terry KellyThe view from Brent Knoll. Picture: Terry Kelly

Brent Knoll

It can be quite the hike to the top of Brent Knoll but you can climb it from both East Brent and Brent Knoll villages and the views are worth the effort.

From the top you can see beaches in Weston and Burnham-on-Sea, as well as views across to Crook Peak and the rest of the Mendip Hills and as far south as Glastonbury Tor.

Looking for walking routes? Why not check out our list of 10 of the best North Somerset walks.

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