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It is bounded to the north and west by the Severn Estuary and the Bristol Channel , its coastline facing southeastern Wales. Its traditional border with Gloucestershire is the River Avon. There is evidence of human occupation from Paleolithic times, and of subsequent settlement by the Celts , Romans and Anglo-Saxons. Adopted as the motto in , the phrase is taken from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Somerset was a part of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex , and the phrase refers to the wholehearted support the people of Somerset gave to King Alfred in his struggle to save Wessex from Viking invaders. Somerset settlement names are mostly Anglo-Saxon in origin, but numerous place names include Brittonic Celtic elements, such as the rivers Frome and Avon, and names of hills. The caves of the Mendip Hills were settled during the Palaeolithic period,  and contain extensive archaeological sites such as those at Cheddar Gorge. The Somerset Levels —specifically dry points at Glastonbury and Brent Knoll — also have a long history of settlement, and are known to have been settled by Mesolithic hunters. The exact age of the henge monument at Stanton Drew stone circles is unknown, but it is believed to be Neolithic.
Please refresh the page and retry. G oing west with the sun down the A from Wincanton, you get no hint of what lies just beyond the highway. Narrow lanes lead ever deeper into an ancient silence of meadows and orchards, past hedgerow trees festooned with mistletoe and hamstone villages with solemn church towers that beckon across the low-lying fields. Welcome to the Somerset Levels — the vast West Country fenland that stretches across , acres of waterlogged countryside from Taunton to the Mendips. In the midst of it, dominating the land for miles around, stands Glastonbury Tor, the Avalon of Arthurian legend. For centuries this enigmatic hilltop has wrapped itself in a fantasy world of Dark Age myths from which it is impossible to extract the truth.
This lovely city has so much to offer the visitor that it is rightfully one of the most popular tourist destinations in England. Somerset is also home to the cathedral city of Wells and Glastonbury , famous for the enigmatic Glastonbury Tor and of course, the music festival! Glastonbury is steeped in myth and legend: it was here that Joseph of Arimathea is supposed to have planted his staff into the ground when it instantly flowered to become the Glastonbury Thorn.
Historic Somerset Guide
The county of Somerset is in South West England , bordered by the Bristol Channel and the counties of Bristol and Gloucestershire to the north, and Wiltshire to the east, Dorset to the south, and Devon to the west. The climate, influenced by its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the prevailing westerly winds, tends to be mild, damp and windy. Somerset is predominantly a rural and agricultural county. The main upland areas are the Mendip Hills in the east and the Quantock Hills further west, the Blackdown Hills form the county's southern border, and Exmoor is on the western fringes. Between the Mendips and the Quantocks is the large area of flat, low-lying ground known as the Somerset Levels.