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Visiting the Somerset Levels

Visiting the Somerset Levels

Here at Southfork Caravan Park, we are very lucky to be situated on the Somerset Levels, with all it offers. The Somerset Levels is a coastal plain and wetland area located in the county of Somerset in the southwest of England. The area covers approximately 650 km² and is one of the largest wetlands in the United Kingdom. It covers from Clevedon near Bristol in the north to Ilchester in the south.

The levels consist of a series of low-lying fields, some of which are below sea level and are prone to flooding. The area is drained by several rivers, including the River Parrett and the River Tone, which flow into the Bristol Channel.

The Somerset Levels have a rich history, with evidence of human habitation dating back to the Bronze Age. The area has also played an important role in agriculture and industry, with farming and peat extraction being major industries in the region.

The levels are home to a wide variety of wildlife, including rare and endangered species such as the bittern, otter, and water vole. The wetlands also provide important habitats for a variety of bird species, including the Eurasian curlew, lapwing, and snipe.

Today, the Somerset Levels are a popular destination for tourists and outdoor enthusiasts, offering opportunities for walking, cycling, fishing, and bird watching. The area is also known for its distinctive landscape, with its flat, open fields, and wide, shallow waterways.

Here are a few reasons to visit the Somerset Levels

  • Natural beauty: The Somerset Levels are renowned for their stunning natural scenery, including the wide, open fields, rivers, and wetlands. This landscape is unique in the UK, and provides a tranquil and peaceful setting for visitors to enjoy.
  • Wildlife: The wetlands are home to a wide variety of bird species, including some rare and endangered species. Visitors can enjoy birdwatching, as well as the opportunity to see other wildlife such as otters and water voles.
  • Outdoor activities: The Somerset Levels offer a range of outdoor activities for visitors, including walking, cycling, fishing, and boating. The area is crisscrossed by a network of footpaths and cycle paths, and there are also several lakes and rivers where visitors can fish or take a boat trip.
  • History and culture: The Somerset Levels have a rich history and heritage, with evidence of human habitation dating back to the Bronze Age. Visitors can explore the many historic towns and villages in the area, as well as visit museums and heritage sites.
  • Local food and drink: The Somerset Levels are known for their delicious local produce, including cider, cheese, and meat. Visitors can enjoy sampling these local delicacies at a range of pubs, restaurants, and farmers markets in the area.

Days Out

There are also some great days out to be had, here are some of our top choices:

  • Glastonbury Tor: A distinctive hill overlooking the Somerset Levels, Glastonbury Tor is steeped in mythology and history. Visitors can climb to the top of the Tor to enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
  • Cheddar Gorge: Located on the edge of the Somerset Levels, Cheddar Gorge is a stunning natural attraction with dramatic limestone cliffs and caves. Visitors can explore the caves and enjoy a range of outdoor activities such as rock climbing and abseiling.
  • The Avalon Marshes: This is a wetland area in the heart of the Somerset Levels, with a rich variety of wildlife including rare bird species such as the bittern. Visitors can enjoy birdwatching and guided tours of the wetlands.
  • Wells Cathedral: Located in the historic city of Wells, this beautiful cathedral is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in England. Visitors can explore the cathedral and its grounds, including the Bishop's Palace and gardens.
  • Glastonbury Abbey: This ruined abbey in the town of Glastonbury is steeped in history and legend. It is said to be the burial place of King Arthur, and visitors can explore the ruins and learn about the abbey's history.
  • Haynes International Motor Museum: This is a must-visit for car enthusiasts, with a huge collection of classic and vintage cars, motorcycles, and other vehicles.
  • West Somerset Railway: Visitors can take a ride on a steam train on this heritage railway, which runs through the beautiful countryside of the Somerset Levels.

Where to Eat

There are many great places to eat in the Somerset Levels, offering a range of delicious local cuisine. Here are a few recommendations:

  • The Ranch Cafe & Deli: Situated on Southfork Caravan Park, The Ranch Cafe & Deli is an ideal place to relax and unwind whilst enjoying all the delicious food and drink produce that the Somerset Levels has on offer.
  • The Hollies Hotel and Restaurant: This is a popular restaurant located in the nearby village of Bower Hinton. The menu features modern British cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients, and the restaurant has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
  • The Lamb & Lion: This historic pub in the village of Hambridge serves up delicious pub food made with local ingredients. The pub also has a great selection of local ales and ciders.
  • The White Hart: This is a traditional village pub located in the nearby village of Somerton. The pub serves up classic pub dishes, including locally sourced meats and fresh seafood.
  • The Cat Head Inn: Located in the village of Chiselborough, this pub is known for its hearty portions of classic pub food. The menu features dishes made with local ingredients, and the pub also has a great selection of local ales and ciders.
  • The New Farm Restaurant: This is a family-run restaurant located in the nearby village of Over Stratton. The menu features modern European cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients, and the restaurant has a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

For any queries regarding staying at Southfork Caravan Park and camping or touring with your dog, please contact us online via or on 01935 825661. Booking and availability can also be viewed online.