Local Attractions

Despite enjoying a delightfully peaceful setting within the small village of East Pennard, Lower Withial Farm is just a few minutes drive away from the A37 Bristol to Dorchester road.

This makes Lower Withial Farm an ideal base for touring the attractions of mid-Somerset - or for visits further afield to the vibrant city of Bristol; charming and historic Bath; the wonderful Dorset coastline or Devon's many delights.

East Pennard itself is a quiet, attractive village with many local walks. It lies just on the edge of the world-famous Glastonbury Festival site.

The historic market towns of Shepton Mallet and Castle Cary are just 10 minutes drive away. Each has plenty of reminders of their medieval past. The charming Hamstone-built Cary has a wealth of small boutiques and delicatessens. Shepton, while preserving its ancient heart, has a wide range of modern shops.

Glastonbury, just 15 minutes drive away, needs little introduction. With its iconic Tor hill looming above the town, the town is as intrinsically linked with Arthurian legend and mysticism as it is with early Christianity. The ruins of Glastonbury Abbey are still an impressive site and a visit to the Chalice Well garden and climb up the 518ft Tor (for those with plenty of puff!) are also recommended. Glastonbury itself is a unique old Somerset country town well worth exploring. Just beyond Glastonbury, youll find the site of an ancient lake village - and the remains of one of Europe's oldest roads.

If you're visiting in November, you must catch Glastonbury's wonderful carnival - dozens of vast floats, hundreds of dancing participants and thousands upon thousands of light-bulbs make it one of England's unique spectacles.

The tiny city of Wells - England's smallest - is just a short drive away and its huge Gothic cathedral demands a visit. Explore the historic streets (with kerbside drainage water provided by Well's well) and the city's many fine eating establishments. Cinema lovers may like to visit the many Wells locations used in the award-winning comedy Hot Fuzz.

Just to the south of Wells and Glastonbury is Street, home to Clarks Village - a huge factory shopping outlet whose many bargains will satisfy the most shopoholic of visitors!

A short way beyond Wells are the caves of Wookey Hole, Ebbor Gorge nature reserve and the impressive gorge, caves and attractions of Cheddar - home of the world's favourite cheese.

With Longleat House and safari park, the Somerset coastline and a host of other attractions an easy journey, there is certainly plenty to do and see for visitors to Lower Withial.

Shepton Mallet
Somerset Levels
Ebbor Gorge
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