Dolebury Hill Fort -
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
Most of this area is no more than 80 feet above
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
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.