Top 10 places to take a day trip to in Somerset
PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 April 2017
North Somerset is easy to explore by car, and boasts good rail links, cycle routes and scenic journeys by land and sea. There is a host of stunning scenery throughout the district, and on the islands off Weston-super-Mare’s coastline.
Grab your walking shoes and stroll along Weston’s coastline. Visit the Grand Pier or walk among the fish at the SeaQuarium. If that is not enough, jump on Crosville’s 100 service to Sand Bay to bask in even more coastal views in the area’s quieter beach area.
OLD TOWN QUARRY NATURE RESERVE
Immerse yourself in culture with a day out at Weston’s Old Town Quarry. The quarry has been reclaimed by nature after it closed in the 1950s and offers an opportunity for visitors to relax among the wilderness, view local artists’ work and enjoy a cup of tea.
CHEDDAR GORGE AND CAVES
Enjoy the breathtaking sights of Britain’s biggest gorge from dramatic cliffs or majestic caves. Explore the gorgeous sights which started to form more than 500,000 years ago. Drive through the winding roads at the bottom of the gorge and bask in the sheer size of the cliffs above your head.
For those with sea legs a boat trip to the island which graces the horizon of Weston’s seafront provides a fascinating day out. Steep Holm is a privately-owned island in the Bristol Channel, five miles from Weston’s beach. Scheduled small boat trips are available in the summer months.
For anyone who prefers a smoother sail, MW Marine operates ferry crossings around Steep Holm to take in the sheer 200ft cliffs, sea caves and gull and cormorant colonies. The 100-seater vessel then lands for a seven-hour stop on Flat Holm.
Hire a bike and cycle the ten-mile traffic-free trail through North Somerset, which links the Somerset Levels to the Mendip Hills. The line offers a rich variety of wildlife habitats from ponds and wetlands to limestone grassland and dense scrub.
Explore the spectacular grounds of one of Wraxall’s hidden gems. The Victorian gothic house has housed four generations of the Gibbs family and has some of the most stunning gardens in Somerset. Appreciate the house’s ornate architecture and character during a day out in North Somerset
Visit Britain’s most spectacular caves and the home of the infamous Witch of Wookey. Deep in the heart of the Mendip Hills is this glorious adventure park, with more than 20 different attractions to explore including a prehistoric valley of dinosaurs.
WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY
Drift away to a bygone era by catching a steam train from Bishops Lydeard, near Taunton to the seaside at Minehead. Enjoy 20 miles of Somerset scenery as the train gently rolls back the years on its branch line journey through the Quantock Hills and along the Exmoor Coast.
Don a pirate costume and sail down the Avon Gorge in a replica of the English ship which discovered North America in 1497. The Matthew is permanently moored alongside the M Shed museum on Princes Wharf, in Bristol’s Floating Harbour, but if you pre-book you can take a trip around the harbour, down the river or even out to sea.
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