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Somerset – Relaxation and scrumptiousness


A couple of months ago my husband and I were feeling to get out of the rat race of London and have a few days in the English countryside. Our destination compass lead us to the South West of England, Somerset.  What we both really wanted (and needed) was to relax and kick-back. Mission accomplished – tick!

A few of our friends and family had already visited Somerset, and hearing such great reviews we decided to follow suit too. Think of rolling hills, patchwork of green and yellow looking meadows…that’s what greeted us as we explored our way around the ever so charming countryside. The fresh crisp air and the fabulous scenery inspired the both of us to want to be out each day leaving no stone unturned…well, sort of.

We stayed in a beautiful and quaint little village called Burrington. We nosed our way into the nearby small towns oozing with history and ancient architecture. It was a step back in time and I wondered what life would have been like then.

With an early start we headed to Vicars’ Close in Wells.

This intimate looking street is a significant landmark in Somerset.

This intimate looking street is a significant landmark in Somerset.

While this view has been photographed many times before I could not leave without capturing, which was to me, one of the most beautiful sites I had ever seen. It was serene and a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of London. The long intimate cobbled street was simply stunning.

Door way at Vicars' Close, Wells.

Impressive historic close.

Vicars’ Close is said to be where the vicars attached to the nearby Wells Cathedral lived. Each house accommodated one vicar and each property has remained unchanged for over hundreds of years.

Not too far up from Vicars’ Close is the grand Wells Cathedral. Again, the intricate architecture was impressive.

Wells Cathedral - An architectural masterpiece.

Wells Cathedral – An architectural masterpiece.

I would like to have seen the interior of the vicarage, to have an idea of how life would have been without the comforts of our modern age. Seeing the layout of the home would have sealed the deal for me.

Well worth the visit.

Well worth the visit.

Small section of vicars close

Little monestary vicars close

As we continued on with our journey we stumbled upon a lake that was teaming with wildlife – Chew Valley Lake.

Chew Valley Lake - This small section was full of Mallard ducks

Chew Valley Lake – This small section was full of Mallard ducks

Our stay at the lake was short due to inclement weather – it was freezing! Back in the car (and the warmth) we headed off  to fuel ourselves with food.  We still had lots more to see too.

Close up of bird

We continued on through Wells and drove across the Somerset levels to the market town of Axbridge. We then moved on to Cheddar Gorge with its dramatic cliffs and twisty roads.

Cheddar Gorge - One of Britain's biggest limestone gorges.

Cheddar Gorge – One of Britain’s biggest limestone gorges.

Why not make this trip one of your designated areas to visit the next time you are in Somerset.


Fun fact — photography process for images.

The weather was typically overcast that day so I had to play around with the camera a little as I am still learning about how to understand meter readings and to manipulate the camera manually. So my aim was to try and avoid blow-out highlights from the sky while trying to maintain the light and shadows of the houses. Cloudy day photography can be challenging but definitely rewarding if you work at it.

Peace and love guys,

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Author: Sóla Snapshot

Photographer and blogger - Street | Architecture | Travel My photographic adventures, whether close to home or far away. Lover of good food, dogs (even though I don't have one yet), orangutangs and travelling the world.

9 thoughts on “Somerset – Relaxation and scrumptiousness

  1. Pingback: Somerset – Photo Spot | Sóla Snapshot

  2. looks so beautiful 🙂

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  3. Wow!!! You have amazing photography skills. Keep up the good work 🙂

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  4. Hi Sola. I found your site through the Community Pool/Daily Post (looking around to meet some other shutterbugs after being wildly inconsistent blogging for some time). I looked through a few of your posts and enjoyed reading some of your insights through your photographer’s eye.

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    • Hi Jason! Thank you very much for stopping by and for your kind words 🙂 I too have been searching for like minded photographers with blogs to meet – glad you got in touch. I’ll pop over to your blog too.


  5. Nice selection of shots. It looks like a lovely place to visit. Flash is sometimes helpful on cloudy days.

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    • Thank you so much and it really is a beautiful place to get lost in. Many thanks for the cloudy day photography tip too – theres always so much to learn when it comes to understanding your camera and knowing what settings are best to use for a specific scene 😊


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