is often called the Gateway to the West and its many charms are conjured up by its Old English name which means the land of the
summer- farm dwellers.
One of the most notable features of the countv is as large number of lovely churches. The greatest of these is Wells Cathedral.
which possesses Englands most complete group of ecclesiastical buildings. The Early English west front is decorated with fine sculptures.
Dunster , overlooked by its ancient castle. is an attractive Somerset village. A yarn-market. built in 1 589 when Dunster was an important cloth centre,
still stands in the High Street.
Porlock is equally pleasant and boasts some lovely thatched cottages. while about a mile to its west is Porlock Weir with its little harbour, and
Porlock Hill, one of the steepest in England.. This is a good centre from which to explore the lonely heather-clad slopes of Exmoor or. further afield, the
towering cliffs of the Cheddar Gorge.
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