Travel to Southwest England – Episode 416

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Hear about travel to Southwest England as the Amateur Traveler talks to Edith about her adopted home.

This episode will look at the area southwest of Bristol, two hours west of London. Edith says that the area of southwest England is “archetypical English”. “If you go away from the big cities you’ve got these really narrow country lanes. You’ve got the old stone walls. You’ve got the houses. You’ve got the hedgerows. You’ve got the birds chirping, people working in their gardens. You can sit outside and enjoy cream tea. You’ve got the National Parks of Exmoor and Dartmoor and the beautiful coastline as well.”

“If you are out to discover the heart of the countryside then it would probably be best to stay in a place like the city of Wells which is a nice, rather small, city but it’s got a beautiful cathedral and cathedral square, a nice market square as well. You could also station yourself in Bristol and then just do trips from the city of Bristol if you are more of a city dweller.”

Edith starts her itinerary in Bristol which is near the sea on the River Avon with sites like the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Ashton Court Estate on the far side of the bridge from the city. From there she directs us to the town of Cheddar, like the cheese, and the Cheddar Gorge with its caves that were used to keep the cheese. Axbridge nearby is a medieval town with King John’s hunting lodge. She recommends a stop for tea or lunch at Axbridge.

“Wells is just towards the east of Cheddar. It has the cathedral and the bishop’s palace. You just think it is a place that isn’t real. It’s out of a fairytale in a way. If you go to the city center of Wells you got the massive cathedral. It’s just mind-blowingly big because Wells itself is rather a small town. Go and see the cathedral which, even if you are not religious, I would recommend you do.” The Bishop’s palace still has a protective moat and looks like a “fairytale castle”. Wells has a market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Wednesday’s market is more food oriented.

Further south we get to Dunster Castle and then to Exmoor National Park. Exmoor is a park with lots of moorlands and lush lower valleys. They also have the Exmoor ponies that roam on the moors. Dunster Castle is a beautiful castle with wonderful gardens. It is an old bailey castle that overlooks the sea.

Edith also recommends walking on the Southwest Coast Path, visiting Dartmoor and attending the Glastonbury Festival.

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Show Notes

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South West England
Churchill, Somerset
Clifton Bridge
Ashton Court
Cheddar Village
Cheddar Gorge
King John’s Hunting Lodge
Wells, England
Wells Cathedral
Bishop’s Palace
Wells Market
Dunster Castle
Exmoor National Park
South West Coast Path
Glastonbury Festival
Banwell Castle
Two Bridges Hotel
Mendip Hills
The Crown Inn


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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

One Response to “Travel to Southwest England – Episode 416”

Marie @ Budgeting for Travel


I heard a lot things about England and honestly I really love their accents. If I have a chance to visit there, I would first go to beautiful cathedral and cathedral square.

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