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A Treasure Trail around Wells

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July 11, 2017

I have been wanting to visit Wells in Somerset for ages, but never quite made it……..until now.

Wells is the smallest city in England, nestled at the foot of the Mendip Hills, and famed for its medieval architecture and for being the stage for the brilliant film Hot Fuzz.

The one thing that worried me about wanting to explore a town, was that the kids would be bored and spoil it, but we went armed with a Treasure Trails challenge which kept them occupied as we explored and enjoyed everything the city had to offer.

Wells
The treasure trails challenge is an imaginative way to explore towns, cities & villages across the UK with a self-guided themed walk. The route was easy to follow and took us to places we would never had explored to enable you to crack the clues whilst taking in some of the most fascinating sights along the way and we started outside the town hall.

Treasure Trails
Our first port of call was Bishops Palace where, legend has it, that in the 13th century, Somerset was terrorised by a frightful dragon who liked to eat milkmaids and other unsuspecting villagers.  Bishop Jocelyn – who built The Bishop’s Palace – bravely ventured out to kill the dragon. After a mighty battle, as the dragon breathed its dying breath, it cast an eternal curse on the villagers – that if they ever forgot about it, the creature would return every 50 years……. hence this mosaic of the story.

Bishops Palace Wells
The treasure trail led us all around the outside of the palace where we found clues around every corner to try to solve a cluedo like murder mystery by using names and dates and plaques.

Treasure Trails
The palace is surrounded by a moat and the kids loved spotting the fish in the water and the water was so clear that you could see the ducks as they dived below the surface.

Wells, Somserset
Wells is stunning city and solving the clues as we walked around kept the kids occupied as we enjoyed the sights.

Wells
Some of the clues were easy to solve and others a little more challenging as they led us through the High Street and to St Cuthbert’s Church, which featured heavily in the film Hot Fuzz.

St Cuthberts
One of the answers we had to find was at the church and we could not find it, but luckily you get up to three cheats and can text to get the answer.

St Cuthberts
From St Cuthbert’s the trail led us around the back of the High Street and towards The Cathedral Church of St Andrew.

Wells Cathedral
Just across the road from is Vicars Close which is claimed to be the oldest purely residential street with original buildings surviving intact in Europe.

Vicars Close
With manicured lawns and symmetrical houses it is quite simply stunning and in my opinion outshone the Cathedral.

Vicars Close
The trail then led us back across to the cathedral whose architecture which is entirely Gothic and mostly in the Early English style of the late 12th and early 13th centuries.

Wells Cathedral
We were going to head inside but by now the kids were really hot so we decided to find the final clue and treat the kids to ice creams.

Wells Cathedral
We all thoroughly enjoyed taking part in our Treasure Trail around Wells and when we got home we headed to the website to see if we had solved the clues correctly. Thankfully we were successful and got to print out a certificate to prove it.

A Treasure Trail around Wells
The Trails are great for seeing a location from a new perspective, whatever age, whatever the weather and can be downloaded anytime day or night for you to print off at home, or they can pop one in the post for you. There are over 1000 trails to choose from, so should be one near you!

Wells
Priced at just £6.99 (plus any P&P), you only need one Trail booklet per family/group of up to 4-5 people and enter your answer online for a chance to win £100!

Bishops Palace Wells
Have you visited Wells?

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  1. Reply

    Cheryl Churm

    July 12, 2017

    I trail around Wells brings out its treasures 🙂

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    Donna

    July 12, 2017

    I really love this kind of day out with the kids, so much to see and explore -m looks fab!

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    Kate | Veggie Desserts

    July 12, 2017

    I live really close to Wells, but I’ve never been. I’m definitely going to take the kids on the treasure trail this summer. Such a great day out over the hols!

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    Talya

    July 12, 2017

    I haven’t been to Wells in a long time but it’s such a beautiful place and a lovely spot to explore with the children as this clearly shows!

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    Jennifer durrans

    July 12, 2017

    So sweet and the palace looks so regal and royal! Thanks for sharing!

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    Helen

    July 12, 2017

    What a beautiful place – must add it to our ‘to visit’ list! I love the idea of doing a treasure trail as a way of discovering somewhere new 🙂

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    angela hamilton

    July 12, 2017

    It looks really beautiful. What a fun and educational day out. I love days out like this. The treasure trail is a great way to see somewhere new x

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    Becca Talbot

    July 12, 2017

    I always thought that Ripon was the smallest city in England – so I learnt something new! Looks like you all had a great family day out though 🙂 x

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    Maria

    July 12, 2017

    I love historic centres like these, and I never really fully appreciated it until I left the UK. Looks like an awesome place for the kids!

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    Debbie

    July 12, 2017

    I like a self-guided walk even for adults, it lets you explore places you might not have seen normally. It looks like you had a good time and Wells looks beautiful.

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    Elizabeth

    July 12, 2017

    I’ve not been to Wells before but it looks super pretty. I’ll add it to my list!

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    Laura

    July 12, 2017

    My daughter is probably still a bit too young for a treasure trail but I have bookmarked them for when she’s a bit older, looks like a fun day out.

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    Alina

    July 13, 2017

    I absolutely love English history and Wells seems like the perfect place for it. The architecture looks amazing and it’s nice that the whole family has something to enjoy 🙂

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    Jen Walshaw

    July 13, 2017

    Wells is such a beautiful place. It was the first place that me and the husbeast had a romantic weekend away. I love the cathedral, it is just beautiful

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    Kate Williams

    July 13, 2017

    ‘the kids would get bored and spoil it’ – that has to be the truest thing I’ve read today 😉 I’ve got a friend who lives near Wells, will have to give this a go when we visit.

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    Ami Rose

    July 13, 2017

    I visited Wells in 2015 for a blog trip but had NO IDEA that it was the setting of Hot Fuzz, one of my favourite films! It makes me want to go back and see if I can find any scenes from the movie! Looks like you had a fab time.
    Ami xxx

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    Helen

    July 13, 2017

    I’ve not heard of Trails before but it sounds a great way to explore a city and keep everyone busy and interested. Wells looks a gorgeous place to visit, you had great weather for it too!

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    Laura Clark

    July 14, 2017

    What a fab way to keep the kids occupied on a trip like this, love it. I love Hot Fuzz so think I’d really enjoy this trip too 🙂

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    Baby Isabella

    July 14, 2017

    We loved visiting Wells last year! My folks wanted to visit because they loved the film HOT FUZZ and followed the film route around. sound like you guys had a great time!

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    Kira

    July 14, 2017

    I’ve heard a lot about Wells recently but never realised that’s where they filmed Hot Fuzz, I love that movie! It’s such a beautiful place to visit!

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    Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    July 14, 2017

    This looks like such a fun activity, I’ll head over to see if there is anywhere local to us that runs one. Wells looks stunning!

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    Holly - Little Pickle's Mom

    July 14, 2017

    Ahh I love the sound of this! I’m off to Bath this weekend, so even though it’s only a group of women (leaving the children at home) I quite like the idea of having a trail to follow… I may see if there’s a Bath one!

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    Newcastle Family Life

    July 14, 2017

    My mum grew up in Wells, I have never visited before and how no idea how pretty it was. xx

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    Leah Lander-Shafik

    July 14, 2017

    I love the treasure trail. I have wanted to take my nephews and nieces to one for a while. We aren’t near Somerset but I do think it would be great to find one close by x

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    Ana De- Jesus

    July 16, 2017

    Ooh a treasure trail sounds like a lot of fun. It was so interesting to find out that it is the smallest city as well x

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    Suzy Mccullough

    July 20, 2017

    Ah beautiful Wells. I love it when towns and cities have an organised trail that gets you exploring the town in ways you wouldn’t normally see them. Your photos have made me want to visit. Such a lovely part of England

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    Angela

    July 24, 2017

    a treasure trail is a great idea, I didn’t realise these existed. Something to definitely look into.

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    Emma Raphael

    July 27, 2017

    Wells is so gorgeous. Always a fan of a treasure trail to keep children (and husbands!) occupied while you explore a place. Lovely pictures! 🙂

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    Mayah Thomas

    July 30, 2017

    Looks like you had a really nice time! Some great pictures captured.

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    London Mumma

    August 17, 2017

    A bit far for me, but I do love a good treasure trail, perfect family day out.

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