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Athelney village, Somerset

Athelney is located between the villages of Burrowbridge and East Lyng in the Sedgemoor district of Somerset. The area is known as the Isle of Athelney, because it was once a very low isolated island in the 'very great swampy and impassable marshes' of the Somerset Levels. Much of the Levels are below sea level. They are now drained for agricultural use during the summer, but are regularly flooded in the winter.
br/>Athelney is around 6 miles from North Petherton, where the Alfred Jewel (an Anglo-Saxon ornament dating from the late 9th century) was discovered in 1693.

The Isle of Athelney is best known for once being the fortress hiding place of King Alfred the Great, from where he went on to defeat the Danes at the Battle of Eddington in May 878. Archaeological excavations and written evidence indicate that at the time of Alfred the island was linked by a causeway to East Lyng, with either end protected by a semi-circular stockade and ditch. The ditch on the island is now known to date from the Iron Age. It is therefore presumed that the Isle was known by Alfred to have been an ancient fort, and that its existing defences were strengthened by him. Evidence of metalworking on the site suggests that he also used the island to equip his army.

Local Accommodation

Cottages

Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Bridgwater, Ilminster, Street and Langport.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:

arrowLangport

arrowBurnham-on-Sea

arrowSomerton

arrowChard

Hotels

Hotels

Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:

	arrowTaunton

	arrowBridgwater

	arrowIlminster

	arrowSomerton

Caravans

Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Langport, Martock, Ilchester and Taunton.

Nearby Attractions

Attractions

There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby:

Langport

	arrowMuchelney Abbey

Ilminster

	arrowBarrington Court

	arrowWarehouse Theatre

	arrowPerry's Cider Mills

Taunton

	arrowWillows and Wetlands

	arrowOdeon, Taunton

	arrowHestercombe Gardens

	arrowSomerset Cricket Museum

	arrowThe Museum of Somerset

	arrowSheppy

South Petherton

	arrowEast Lambrook Manor Gardens

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