Castles monuments in Mendips & North Somerset
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Castles & Ancient Monuments in Mendips & North Somerset

Heritage sites also including Battlefield sites, Historic Landmarks & Roman Forts in Mendips & North Somerset ...

Mendips & North Somerset Ancient Monuments, Castles, Roman Forts, Battlefield Sites, etc

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King Johns Hunting Lodge

The Square, Axbridge, BS26 2AP
Tel: 01934 732012

Axbridge Photo  David Seale
View from King Johns Hunting Lodge - 
Photo: David Seale CCL


Wool-merchants house of c.1500.

The early Tudor timber-framed house was extensively restored in 1971.

Discount National Trust Membership

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Somerset's Finest Hill Forts

Dolebury Hill Fort Photo  John Thorn
Dolebury Hill Fort  - Photo: John Thorn CCL


Somerset is a region of highs and lows. Along the middle and northern parts, low coastline meets the marshy "Levels," while further inland lie the freshwater and peaty marshlands known as the "Moors."

Most of this area is no more than 80 feet above sea level. Among these expanses of flatlands lie five ranges of hills: the Mendips, Quantocks, Poldens, Blackdowns, and Brendons. The topography here, as anywhere, has played a role in how the land has been used over the centuries.

Climb a hill in Somerset today and you may well see grazing land, roads, low-lying villages. You may also catch sight of drainage channels, locally known as rhynes (pronounced "reens"). These are key to why much of you see is land inhabited and used by people rather than simply being watery marsh.  More...