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a Picturesque Village in the county of Essex

Pictures of The Blackdown Hills

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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Recommended towns & villages near The Blackdown Hills

Broadhembury Post Office and Village Store, Devon

Broadhembury (7 Pictures)

a Picturesque Village in the county of Devon

(9.0 miles, 14.5 km, direction SW)

Broadhembury is an idyllic village which is an oasis of calm and beauty lying at the edge of the Blackdown Hills...

Crossing by the Brush Works

Axminster (43 Pictures)

a Historic Market Town in the county of Devon

(13.4 miles, 21.5 km, direction SE)

Famous for its carpets often likened to Turkish, Axminster was one of the first West Saxon settlements formed along the River Axe in Devon...

A sign post in the village of Holford on the edge of the Quantock hills in somerset

Holford (4 Pictures)

a Picturesque Village in the county of Somerset

(15.5 miles, 24.9 km, direction N)

Holford lies in a peaceful wooded valley at the foot of the lovely Quantock Hills crowning the landscape where the county of Somerset sweeps towards the coast...

Axmouth, Devon. Winter Sunset.

Axmouth (16 Pictures)

a Picturesque Village in the county of Devon

(16.5 miles, 26.5 km, direction S)

This quiet resort of colourwashed cottages sitting at the edge of the River Axe was once an important south Devon port...

Seaton, Devon.

Seaton (311 Pictures)

a Seaside Town in the county of Devon

(17.0 miles, 27.4 km, direction S)

The town is mostly Victorian and Edwardian in character, you only have to cast your eyes above today's modern shop fronts to see handsome overhanging bay windows which belong firmly to another era...

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Recommended attractions near The Blackdown Hills

Taunton Castle, Taunton, Somerset

Taunton Castle (1 Pictures)

(5.4 miles, 8.7 km, direction NE)

The turbulent past of historic Taunton Castle, is masked by its transformation into a luxurious comfortable hotel with an award.....

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)

17th-century thatched Baptist meeting house, constructed approx 1653...

Forde Abbey, nr Chard, Somerset. A former Cistercian foundation. Photo taken September 1991.

Forde Abbey (12 Pictures)

(13.3 miles, 21.3 km, direction SE)


Barrington Court, Somerset

Barrington Court (49 Pictures)

(13.3 miles, 21.4 km, direction E)

Barrington Court is an attractive 16th-century house built in the engaging "E" shaped style of the period in mellow Ham Hill.....

Halsway Manor Children's Festival

Halsway Manor (4 Pictures)

(14.0 miles, 22.5 km, direction N)

Halsway Manor is unique residential Folk Centre set on the southern slopes of the Quantock Hills in West Somerset. Set in.....

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