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a Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the county of Somerset

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About The Blackdown Hills

Fascinating scenic area where you can enjoy an extraordinary variety of scenery ranging from tiny coppices to vast woodlands, all of which offer protective cover to a rich array of wildlife habitation.

The hills are situated between Taunton and Wellington in the west of beautiful Somerset, a county well known for gentle pastures and picturesque villages, and these you get in full measure as you wander the leafy lanes of the Blackdown Hills which is considered a landscape of national importance and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Walks reveal beautiful forestry, pretty streams, gentle hills, woodlands with carpets of fragrant wild flowers and villages with idyllic wisteria clad cottages. At the heart of many villages lie pretty greens bordered with a welcoming inn or ancient church filled with interesting monuments. The glorious Wellington Monument towers 175 feet above the vale of Taunton Dene, it was built in 1817 to celebrate Wellington's defeat over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. You will find country parks, cafe's, and for those who prefer group activities, tourist information centres provide information on organised walks.

The Blackdown Hills are fast becoming a popular tourist destination, the gentle landscape is appealing for its many beauty spots and is an ideal location for a romantic weekend or a longer stay so that you can explore all this lovely region has to offer.

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The Drewe Arms, Broadhembury

Broadhembury (6 Pictures)

(9.0 miles, 14.5 km, direction SW)

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Fishing in the river Axe at Axmouth, Devon

Axmouth (11 Pictures)

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Seaton, Devon.

Seaton (236 Pictures)

(17.0 miles, 27.4 km, direction S)

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Taunton Castle, Taunton, Somerset

Taunton Castle (1 Pictures)

(5.4 miles, 8.7 km, direction NE)

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Loughwood Meeting House, Dalwood, Near Axminster, Devon. Owned by the National Trust

Loughwood Meeting House (13 Pictures)

(11.8 miles, 19.0 km, direction S)

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Halsway Manor (4 Pictures)

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Horseshoes in Wellington, Somerset, England


Wellington, Somerset, England (0.8 miles, 1.2 km)
Horseshoes offers accommodation in Wellington, 34 km from Exeter. The property boasts views of the city and is 48 km from Weston-super-Mare. Free private parking is available on site. There is a dini...
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South Cleeve Bungalow in Upottery, Devon, England

South Cleeve Bungalow

Upottery, Devon, England (3.1 miles, 5.1 km, direction S)
Located 34 km from Exeter, South Cleeve Bungalow offers pet-friendly accommodation in Upottery. The unit is 13 km from Taunton. The kitchen has an oven. There is a private bathroom with a bath or sho...
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Fyfett Farm in Otterford, Somerset, England

Fyfett Farm

Otterford, Somerset, England (3.4 miles, 5.4 km, direction SE)
Featuring free WiFi, Fyfett Farm offers pet-friendly accommodation in Otterford, 38 km from Exeter. Free private parking is available on site. Each room includes a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms featu...
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Sparrows Nest in Wellington, Somerset, England

Sparrows Nest

Wellington, Somerset, England (3.9 miles, 6.2 km, direction W)
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Sparrows Nest is a holiday home, situated in Wellington. It provides free private parking. Towels and bed linen are offered in this self-catering accommod...
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The Old Vicarage in Wellington, Somerset, England4 stars

The Old Vicarage

Wellington, Somerset, England (4.1 miles, 6.6 km, direction NW)
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