Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset

Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset
Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset

Thursday, 3 June 2010

SOMERSET

Easily reachable from my beloved Dorset, Somerset is a beautiful county, with some fantastic tourist destinations.

BATH
What a lovely town! Full of elegant Regency buildings, and bisected by the river Avon, it's the jewel in Somerset's crown.

This is Pulteney Bridge, which is lined by a row of shops




the entrance to the Roman Baths


the Royal Crescent




CHEDDAR GORGE
The largest gorge in the British Isles, if you can see past the tourists, it's awe-inspiring.





GLASTONBURY
Apart from the usually muddy Glastonbury Festival, the town is home to Glastonbury Abbey and Glastonbury Tor.
The Abbey is right in the heart of the town, and has strong Arthurian links. Indeed, King Arthur is reputed to be buried there.
With its connections to the Legends, the mysticism surrounding it, and the Festival, the little town is full of some very strange shops, selling mystic artefacts and decidedly hippy-style clothing and such.
Still, it is a very pleasant place for all that.


This tree is supposedly descended from the tree that grew when Joseph of Arimathea planted his staff in the ground, and it took root and grew.






The reputed grave of King Arthur





WELLS
This has got to be my favourite cathedral. The complex of the cathedral, the Archbishop's Palace, and the Vicar's Close is somehow delicate and refined.

This is the Vicar's Close. The 'vicars' are actually the adult male choristors, and these are sort of 'grace & favour' houses.


the Archbishop's Palace is moated.




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