Mendip is one of the most beautiful areas of Britain and includes the Mendip Hills as well as parts of the Somerset Levels. There are five towns in the Mendip area – Shepton Mallet, Frome, Street, Wells and Glastonbury the home of the world famous music festival. All offer visitors a wonderful stay in the countryside of South West England. Here there are numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, B&Bs as well as camping and caravan sites.
The beautiful Mendip Hills offer many trails for walkers, cyclists and horse riders to explore with wonderful views well worth photographing including the Tor at Glastonbury. The hills also provide a superb setting for flying kites or models. In the heart of the Mendip Hills is the Charterhouse Centre where visitors can undertake various activities including caving and climbing.
In fact holidaymakers can also try rock climbing at Cheddar Gorge with lessons provided to beginners. Frome offers visitors many activities including bowls, tennis and putting as well as providing skateboard ramps and a children’s’ playground in Victoria Park. There is also a playground in Glastonbury, whilst golfers can enjoy a round on one of several golf courses in the Mendips area including a couple in Frome.
All the towns in the Mendips offer a pleasant mix of eateries such as restaurants, cafes, tea rooms and public houses with food to cater for all tastes. Town shops and markets provide a great variety of gifts, souvenirs, crafts and numerous other locally produced items. In Street there is a shopping village with over 50 outlet stores.
The Mendips boast many different and exciting places to visit including museums, historic houses beautiful gardens and an Arts Centre. Families will enjoy taking a ride on the East Somerset Steam Railway or paying a visit to the Wookey Hole Caves. There are plenty of places for nature and wildlife lovers to enjoy here such as Norwood Farm and Somerset Lavender. Other historic buildings in the area include the magnificent Wells Cathedral, Glastonbury Abbey and Nunney Castle, which is just three miles from Frome.
The warmest time of the year to visit Glastonbury and the Mendip area is generally July and August when the average high is approximately 21 degrees centigrade. The period between April and July are usually the driest months while December and January is the wettest time of the year with approximately 80mm average rainfall per month.
Bristol International Airport is approximately 40 miles from Glastonbury and handles flights to and from a large number of European countries and New York as well as UK cities such as Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Belfast. Trains run from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads and Castle Cary. There is a regular, half-hourly, bus service connecting Glastonbury to Bristol, Wells and Yeovil.