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Only a mile from Bath city centre, The Hare & Hounds sits high on Lansdown Hill with stunning views over the valley to Solsbury Hill. Happily the feast for the eyes extends to the pub’s food and drink – so tarry awhile with an eponymous pint of ale or one of over 30 wines served by the glass. The welcome is warm, the staff and service friendly, and the food unpretentiously good. In summer the terrace is much sought after for alfresco dining as you'd expect; typical dishes are honey-baked figs with goats’ cheese, rocket and walnuts; venison shepherd’s pie with spiced red cabbage; and sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce.
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Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.
Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.
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