The Polden Hills, Somerset
The Polden Hills lie largely unspoilt across the Somerset Levels, stretching 10 miles or so from just north of Bridgwater to Street, forming a long low ridge that was once an important Roman road. Many of the villages in the slopes of the Poldens have been settlements since Domesday times and some are worth a mooch round, like Edington, which has a holy well, and Shapwick, where an ancient causeway known as the sweet track was discovered nearby at Shapwick Heath.
Though only a small hill range, The Poldens are worth exploring as they afford good walking country and spectacular views out over the Somerset Levels; they are also home to some very special nature reserves. The Catcott Complex is a huge pull for birdwatchers and New Hill and Tannager are rich in wildlife, including a colony of large blue butterflies.
Because this area is so off the beaten track it tends to be less well frequented, so if you like peace and quiet away from the merry throng this is a good choice for a day out. Pick a fair day, pack a picnic, or find a cosy country pub for lunch.