Protected Landscapes

The Coleridge Way crosses a variety of landscapes – heathland, farmland, moorland, deciduous & coniferous woodland. It will take you through deeply wooded valleys and historic villages with expansive views over to the North Somerset Coast and Wales.

The Quantock Hills

The Quantock Hills contains habitat of international importance, including maritime heathland.  In 1956 it was the first area in England to be awarded the status of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The hilltops are largely covered by open heathland which descends into areas of broadleaved woodland, forest and farmland.  Many combes, or valleys, cut into the sides of hills with villages dotted around the lower slopes.

The Brendon Hills

The Brendon Hills are a little known, but quietly beautiful, landscape in West Somerset.  Lying mainly within Exmoor National Park, between the Quantocks and the high central moorland.  They have a precious mixture of rolling agricultural land with its deep red soil, woodland, beech hedges, wooded river valleys and historic villages.  In the 19th century the area saw extensive mining activity and many structures today bear silent witness to this industrial past.

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