Axbridge Town seal

Around and about Axbridge

Ashton windmill

To the south, across Axbridge moor, is the ridge known as the "Isle of Wedmore" which offers commanding views of Cheddar Gorge, the Somerset levels and Brent Knoll, with its Iron Age hillfort.

On top of the ridge stands the carefully restored 18th century Ashton windmill (left), now a museum. Ancient records mention a windmill on this site as far back as 1317.

A few miles further south, just beyond the Isle of Wedmore are the Nature Reserves of Westhay and Shapwick Heath as well as the Peat Moors Visitor Centre.

The town sits at the southern foot of the Mendip Hills AONB, a ridge of low hills running east-west which rise up from the Somerset Levels and afford dramatic views of the Levels and the Severn estuary.

The Mendip Hills includes one of Britain's most famous geological features: Cheddar Gorge (right) and the Show Caves. Also of note is Priddy, home of the Priddy Sheep Fair and Priddy Folk Festival.

Further to the east is Deer Leap (fabulous views), Ebbor Gorge, Wookey Hole Caves, the city of Wells and, of course, Glastonbury with its renowned Tor.

Cheddar Gorge

Uphill church

Westwards, in the direction of the nearby coastline is Crook Peak. Just the other side of the M5 is Bleadon Hill, the ruined church at Uphill (left), the promontory and Victorian fort of Brean Down and Bridgwater Bay. After that it's 2500 miles of Atlantic Ocean and then the province of Newfoundland.

At this point, it is traditional in walking guides to direct the weary wanderer to a local hostelry but pubs in Newfoundland are outside the remit, most people call it a day at Brean Down fort.

Lists of attractions in the locality.

Somerset County Council's Moving Forward website (note the maps for different cycling, walking, public transport)

Somerset County Council's Visit Somerset website

National Trust Somerset Sites

Somerset Attractions

What's on in Mid-Somerset