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Discover Britain - Provincial Life
The County of Somerset - land of the summer people - is located in the south-west of England, and is, perhaps, the most quintessentially English of English counties. It is a rural area extending from the hills of Exmoor in the west to Bruton Forest in the east, from the Mendip hills in the north to the Blackdown Hills in the south. It is bordered by the counties of Devon, Dorset, and Wiltshire, and a long coastline looking out into the Bristol Channel and across to South Wales. It is a land of history, myth and legend. Although it is a sparcely populated region and has only one city of more than 100,000 people: Bath, it has several small, but flourishing towns: Taunton, Weston-super-mare, Yeovil, Minehead and Glastonbury. The economy is centered on agriculture and food production, with service industries such as insurance and retailing. It is a county famous for producing Cider (an alcoholic drink made from apples) and Cheddar Cheese (named after a small town in the Mendip hills). A recipe from the county can be found on our 'Discover Britain' food and drink page.
The photographs below, from left to right, top to bottom feature the following:
OTHER SOMERSET LINKS:
The isolated hilltop village of BROOMFIELD, Somerset
The seaside town of Blue Anchor, Somerset
The town of Glastonbury, Somerset.
The city of Bath, Somerset.
The County town of Taunton.
The medieval town of Axbridge, Somerset.
The Somerset levels.
The market town of Ilminster, South Somerset.
The small town of Wiveliscombe, Somerset.
Langport, quite possibly the smallest town in England.
Exmoor National Park.
The neighbouring counties of Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire in the south-west of England.
External links: Visit Somerset; Taunton
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