Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 6846 While natural mounds rise up from the Levels of central Somerset, it is the man-made variety that will surprise you here – spoil heaps from the mines of the Somerset Coalfield. Believe it or not, there were almost 80 collieries in 1901 around the town of Radstock. Spoil from the Writhington Mine is a site of Special Scientific Interest as it contained more than 1400 insect fossils. An old pit winding wheel dominates the centre of the town outside the award- winning Museum which is where to go to learn all about this fascinating period of the area’s past. Midsomer Norton is another town that grew on the strength of its coalmines, the last of which only closing in the 1960s. One of the greatest figures in the Industrial Revolution, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was chief engineer of the Great Western Railway, on a salary of £2000 a year, linking London to the West via Bristol and Bath. It was known as the ‘Holiday Line’ Farleigh Castle, Norton St Philip Farleigh Castle, Norton St Philip Thermae Bath Spa, Bath Cafe in Frome as it brought so many people to resorts such as Minehead. He has left a legacy of buildings, bridges and stations along the route. If you want to know what connects elephants with coal in Somerset the answer is the artist David Shepherd, best known for his paintings of elephants who bought two steam engines in 1967 with nowhere to put them. They found a home at Cranmore where there is now a short stretch of heritage railway. Don’t miss: The George Inn and Gilbert Scoot designed church at Norton St Philip, Bath Abbey, Royal Victoria Park in Bath, Lutyens’ lychgate at Kilmersdon, St Mary Magdalene Church tower in Chewton Mendip.