Places to Visit

There are lots of places to visit locally.

The local dunes and beach are within walking distance of the house and well worth a visit. The walk takes about 10 minutes from here down the road then follow the bridle path to the beach. If you just want the fresh air then you can drive to and park on the beach by turning right from Yew Tree, then right again at the end of Hurn Lane, drive towards Brean, before you get to Brean turn left at the sign for beach parking (be aware that it may not be possible to park at high tide and always stay at the top of the beach).

Brean Leisure Park, no more than 20 minutes walk from here. There is fun for everyone with Go Karts, crazy golf, roller coaster, ten pin bowling etc. The site is open from March to October with a car boot sale on Sunday and a market on Monday. The Tavern is part of this complex and provides regular entertainment.

Brent Knoll
Well worth the walk up to the top for the fantastic views and the remains of an ancient fort now looked after by the National Trust. You can park near the church where there is a footpath to the top.

Brean Down
Owned by the National Trust this outcrop of the Mendips sticks out into the Bristol Channel and provides a wonderful circular walking taking about an hour and a half. The area has been in use since ancient times and the Trust have a leaflet explaining its history and ecology. At the very far end there is the remains of a Victorian Fort. The fort can be explored it has lots of information boards explaining its use right up to World War II. On a clear day the views across to Wales and down to Exmoor are spectacular.

Further away, there are many other places well worth a visit.

About 22 miles away. Wells is the smallest city in England and is famous for its cathedral and school at the centre of the town and its community. The area around the cathedral is one of the largest medieval ecclesiastical precincts.

There are lots of old buildings to look at as you wander around, including the tithe barn and 15th century parish church. The town also has a cheese shop, Somerset cheese is made locally. Around this old centre is modern Wells, with its shops and facilities, all at the foot of the Mendip Hills.

About 14 miles from Yew Tree House.
Cheddar is unique. Its distinguishing feature is the natural phenomenon of Britain's largest Gorge. The Cheddar Yeo in Gough's Cave is Britain's biggest underground river, and the Gorge Cliffs are Britain's highest inland limestone cliffs. The Gorge is a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of the calcareous grassland, Karst limestone buttresses and Horseshoe Bats. Peregrine Falcons nest on the cliff face and Soay sheep keep the scrub in check.

Gough's Cave is an internationally famous archeological site because of its Late Upper Paleolithic finds (12-13,000 years old) and contained Britian's oldest complete skeleton (9,000 years old). It lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a candidate for Special Area for Conservation status.

Popular tourism began with the opening of Cheddar Valley Railway in 1869/1870, which provided workers from towns with the opportunity to enjoy a day's outing for the first-time as a Bank Holiday. The railway was also popularly known as the Strawberry Line, because it passed close by the many strawberry-growing fields in the largely south-west facing slopes on the Cheddar side of the valley. "Strawberry Special" trains ferried the fruits by rail to all parts of the country, until the line was axed in 1965.

Glastonbury (22 miles away) today is a centre for religious tourism and pilgrimage. Strains of mysticism and paganism co-exist, not always easily, with followers of its Christian heritage. As with many towns of similar size, the centre is not as thriving as it once was but Glastonbury supports a remarkable number of pagan or Alternative shops, often featuring magical items prominently among their wares. The outskirts of the town boast a DIY shop and the slow redevelopment of a former sheepskin and slipper factory site, once owned by Morlands. Although the redevelopment has been slow, clearance of the site has begun with a dramatic change to its appearance.

The ruins of the abbey are open to visitors; the abbey had a violent end during the Dissolution and the buildings were progressively destroyed as their stones were removed for use in local building work. The remains of the Abbot's Kitchen (a grade I listed building) and the Lady Chapel are particularly well-preserved. Not far away is situated the Somerset Rural Life Museum, which includes the restored Abbey Barn. Other points of interest include St. John's Church, the Chalice Well, and the historic George and Pilgrims Inn, built to accommodate visitors to the Abbey.

The walk up the Tor to the distinctive tower at the summit (the partially restored remains of an old church) is rewarded by vistas of the Mid-Somerset area including the Levels, drained marshland. From there, 150m above sea level, it is easy to appreciate how Glastonbury was once an island and, in the winter, the surrounding moors are often flooded, giving that appearance once more.

The Quantocks
The Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covers 99 square kilometres running north west from the vale of Taunton Deane to the Bristol Channel Coast. The Quantock Hills was Englandís first AONB being designated in 1956 (confirmed in 1957) and consists of large amounts of heathland, oak woodlands, ancient parklands and agricultural land.

Because of the special nature of the Quantocks much of it is covered by a designation of Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for the geologically interesting coastline to the maritime heathlands on the northern hills.

The Mendips
The Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is located to the south of Bristol. The area includes the lakes of the Chew Valley and the western and central parts of the limestone ridge known as the Mendip Hills. The limestone landscape includes an open windswept plateau, wooded combes, steeply cut gorges and flower rich valleys. The area was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1972

There are some brochures in your room and many more on the dresser by the back door please help yourself.

The Beach at Berrow

Picnic in the Dunes

Brean Leisure Park

Brent Knoll

Brean Down

Wells Cathedral

Glastonbury, Clarks Village Shopping

Wild horses on the Quantocks

The Mendips and Quantocks provide spectacular views and walks

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