Somerset is blessed with some of Britain’s most varied and awe-inspiring natural wonders. From lush forests to rugged craggy hills, the area is a ‘must-visit’ for even the most casual fan of the outdoors. Surrounded by many of Somerset’s areas of natural beauty and nature reserves, Lakeside Holiday Park is perfectly situated for your next adventure.
Stretching between the Bristol Channel and the town of Taunton, the Quantock Hills Area of Natural Beauty, despite being compact, packs a big punch. Described as an area of “wilderness and tranquillity’ the hills offer jaw-dropping rocky coastal panoramas, deep wooded valleys and rolling heaths. This variety makes the jigsaw landscape of the Quantock Hills a great place to explore by foot, by bike or by horse.
The Bridgewater Bay National Nature Reserve is perched precariously on the Somerset coast and runs from Brean Down, past the mouth of the River Parrett, to the end of the Quantock Hills and offers incredible views of the water. Bridgewater Bay is a haven for bird watchers as, thanks to the nearby mudflats, the area is home to around 200 different species of bird, including a large number of waterfowl.
Just south of Taunton and hugging the border between Somerset and Devon is the Blackdown Hills. Said by many to epitomise the British countryside thanks to its winding lanes, tall hedgerows and tranquil copses the area is home to many natural and man-made landmarks. From an Iron Age hill fort to a range of moors, lakes and gardens, the Blackdown Hills area is an incredible example of both manmade and natural beauty.
Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve is part of the wetlands of the Somerset Levels and Moors and is an ideal place for wildlife spotting. The banks of the mirror smooth lake formed by 1960s peat mining are one of the best places in the UK to view flocks of starlings come in to roost for the winter. The area is also steeped in history thanks to preserved Neolithic structures. Visitors can step back in time and follow the steps of the ‘Sweet Track’ – a wooden walkway used by people living in the area four and a half thousand years ago to traverse the boggy wetlands.
The Mendip Hills is one of Somerset’s most popular natural attractions – and for good reason. High above ground, you will find the tall cliffs of the world-famous Cheddar Gorge, and far below can be found the deep caves of Wookey Hole – one of the largest cave systems in all of Europe. This, coupled with the vistas of Black Down & Burrington Ham, the calm forests of Stockhill and East Harptree and so much more, make the Mendip Hills Area of Natural Beauty the perfect place for a great day out in nature.
With so many exciting things to see and places to visit, you’ll need somewhere to rest and regain your energy. With our outdoor heated swimming pool, restaurant, bar, live entertainment and comfortable static holiday homes, not to mention our very own natural fishing lake, Lakeside is the perfect home base from which to explore the best that Somerset has to offer. Book your next South West adventure today by visiting the Lakeside Holiday Park website.