Wells at the Weekend

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Wells on a sunnier day than Sunday!

With so much fun to be had on a horse in the West Country, one often overlooks some of the area’s other attractions. This weekend, however, showers were forecast and I decided to leave the nags at home and revisit one of Somerset’s cities.

Vicar's Close, Wells

The Vicar’s Close in Wells

Wells is England’s smallest city, and if truth be told, it feels more like a village as you emerge from wooded country lanes into its quiet back streets. Meandering in on the back lanes from Shepton Mallet, the sight of the cathedral rising from valley as you round a wooded hill is truly astonishing.

Although a busy school town with bustling markets twice a week, on a wet Sunday afternoon the city was nearly deserted. Clear above quiet streets the bells rung for Evensong. We hurried in, crossing the cathedral green with a platoon of cassocked choir boys hot on our tail!

The astronomical clock on the North face of the Cathedral. Read about it here

A review of Wells’ history and traditions is probably best left to Megan, who spent her school days here. Going on instinct alone though, it does have a wonderful feel of permanence and history – the Vicar’s Close is the longest continually inhabited street in the country.

With its collegiate squares and ornate Early-English stonework it has echoes of Oxford or Cambridge without the tourists. What does surprise me (and leave me feeling a little guilty) is that this wonderful city is only minutes from my daily rat runs!┬áThis is a definitive reminder to put Wells firmly in future itineraries – I can think of nothing nicer than a pootle round these historic streets, a cup of tea at a good cafe and a large slice of cake!


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