This is a guest post:
Like anywhere else on earth, the best way to get to know a new place is to live like a local. Instead of making a beeline for the nearest tourist hotspot, sit back and see where the locals go. This rule is equally applicable whether you’re in a far-flung destination in South East Asia or an English-speaking western city. It’s also a pretty great way to avoid travel burnout; what could be better?
Somerset is in the south west of the UK not far from popular holiday resorts in Cornwall and within easy reach of London, so however you arrive in the UK, it won’t be long before you’re in Somerset. Follow our local’s guide to Somerset to really get a feel for this part of the UK.
Escape to the country
Head for the hills, the Quantock Hills to be precise which was the first area to be designated as Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK. Follow in the footsteps of William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge as you take in the rolling hills and a dramatic Jurassic coastline to rival that of Dorset. Join a local walking group to discover the best routes through the Quantocks and handy tips for the rest of your stay in the area. There is nowhere better to reflect on your travels than in the wilderness of the Quantocks.
Yes, it’s a cliché that West Country natives enjoy the regional tipple of cider but it’s also completely true. With everything from flat Scrumpy made with fallen apples to fizzy, more commercial varieties, one of the 35 cider producers in Somerset is bound to have one you’ll love. While you can tour one of the breweries to see how cider is made, your best bet is probably to find a good country pub and sample their wares. Better still; buy a ticket for one of the cider festivals, particularly common during summer and early autumn, for a tasting of Somerset. After a few, you’ll certainly be joining in with local band The Wurzels, ‘I am a cider drinker….’
As soon as the sun makes an appearance, the beaches of Weston and Burnham are packed with families enjoying a traditional British day out at the seaside. Locals tend to give these a miss and instead opt for the quieter Brean Cove. The beach is now owned by the National Trust and is a great spot for sunbathing as the beach is sheltered by cliffs. Even during the winter months, Brean Cove and Porlock Weir are an excellent place for a walk to blow the cobwebs away.
What better way to experience the slow pace of life in this neck of the woods than by finding a lovely cottage to rent in Somerset. The longer you stay, the better you’ll be able to immerse yourself in local life. Enjoy the local fare in Somerset and you’ll soon feel at home in this wonderful county.
With a love of languages and ready to give anything a go, Katie Richards is a keen traveller looking forward to exploring the world, preferably on two wheels!