Exploring the ‘Jewel of the South West’ from the air
It was the Welsh Celts and the Saxons that gave Somerset its ‘Country of the Summer’ moniker. With its climate much warmer than the UK average, this is an attachment that still works.
Any hot air balloon ride will reveal that Somerset is a county for which summer is just one part, however.
The north of the county is where the tourist trade started for Somerset. The well-established resorts here offer a characterful lining to the coastline in Victorian splendour, with the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare another obvious basket highlight.
The landscape of the north is wonderful too, however, with the Somerset Levels a wonderful flat area with sights aplenty. The most famous one is Glastonbury Tor, which is home to the legend of King Arthur, the ruined Abbey and, more recently, the globally renowned Glastonbury festival.
Sweeping across the north also offers up the majestic sights of Cheddar Gorge, the biggest such ravine in the UK, and notable other sprawling highlights.
Once the centre of the wool trade, the eastern part of Somerset is home to the towns of Shepton Mallet (sheep-town) and wool-weaving Frome. The winding streets and quaint buildings look wonderful from the air.
South and West Somerset
Rich in stately homes and country houses, rolling hills and vast private estates, this area is famed for its Ham Hill stone buildings. This is typified in the villages that encircle the delightful Yeovil.
The heartland of the National Trust too, south Somerset is rich in Roman history. With the alleged legendary site of Camelot as well, there is intrigue and history no matter where you look.
From the rich farmlands and tumbling hills of the Vale of Taunton Deane to the majestic Exmoor, the countryside of west Somerset is a delight to fly over too.
It is all much in keeping with the whole of Somerset, which is stunning from every compass point.