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Somerset (England)

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Somerset[1] is a county in the West Country of England.


Map of Somerset




  • Cheddar
  • Yatton
  • The Exmoor villages of Dunster, Oare, Porlock, Porlock Weir, Selworthy and Winsford are found in the Exmoor article.
  • Fitzhead
  • Monksilver
  • Williton
  • Clevedon


Because of several local government reorganizations, the exact definition of the county of Somerset depends on whether you are talking about administrative, traditional or postal counties. This article specifically covers the current administrative county of Somerset and the unitary district of 'Bath and North East Somerset', most of which once in the traditional county of Somerset. It does not cover the city of Bristol, which has been separated from Somerset since 1373.

Most of the Exmoor National Park is in Somerset, but Devon has the smaller western part. The Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is also shared with Devon, but two fall entirely within Somerset, The Quantock Hills and The Mendip Hills.


"Gert", or "Gurt", is used a lot to express a large size. "Ee" is often used in place of "him": "Look at ee".

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See[edit][add listing]

  • The Tor and Abbey in Glastonbury.
  • Cheddar Caves.
  • The Roman baths and superb Georgian architecture in Bath.
  • Wookey Hole Caves.

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Truly authentic and cosy country pubs abound as well as rolling rural landscapes. The North Somerset area boasts Cheddar Caves and Gorge, Wookey Hole Caves, Glastonbury Tor and Abbey as well as the Victorian seaside resort of Weston-Super-Mare.

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Local strawberries, in the summer, with Somerset clotted cream or Whortleberry jam.

Local produce of Cheddar strawberries.

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Cider. There are plenty of opportunities to sample this fine west country drink in Somerset. There are plenty of small farms that will sell you Scrumpy Cider, most pubs also serve proper farmhouse cider, especially out in the countryside. Some of it can be very strong, so watch out!

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Somerset contains some beautiful and unspoiled landscapes, help keep it this way; take only memories and leave only footprints. If out walking, leave gates as you find them and ensure your dog does not worry farm animals. Even the most tame family pet can seriously injure a sheep or lambs.

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