Around Ilminster, Somerset

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📍 Coordinates: 50.92684°N 2.91009°W ≈ 50° 55′ 36.6″N 2° 54′ 36.3″W ≈ OS National Grid ST 36045 14609.
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🚉 The three nearest railway stations:
Crewkerne station (code CKN, 11km/6¾mi), Taunton station (code TAU, 17km/11mi) and Axminster station (code AXM, 18km/11mi).
🏘 The dozen nearest places:
Whitelackington (2.0km/1¼mi) · Donyatt (2.3km/1½mi) · Dowlish Wake (2.4km/1½mi) · Ilton (3.2km/2mi) · Stocklinch (3.4km/2mi) · Horton (4.0km/2½mi) · Broadway (4.0km/2½mi) · Seavington st. Mary (4.1km/2½mi) · Barrington (4.5km/2¾mi) · Seavington st. Michael (4.9km/3mi) · Shepton Beauchamp (5.1km/3¼mi) · Chillington (5.7km/3½mi). You can also see all places in Somerset or use the automatic location tool to find where you are.

Seeing and doing

Beautiful views
Burrow Mump (🚶🆓 · 16km/10mi away, 2.0km/1¼mi from Athelney) · A scramble to the top of a 24m hill, where a ruined church stands.
Lollover Hill (🚶🆓 · 21km/13mi away in Dundon) · A short walk and climb from the church to wide panoramic views.
Dundon Beacon (🚶🆓 · 22km/13mi away in Dundon) · Winding paths through ancient woods, unspoilt meadows full of wildlife.
Glastonbury Tor (🚶🆓 · 28km/18mi away, 1.6km/1mi from Glastonbury) · Legendary hill overlooking the Levels, Dorset, Wiltshire and Wales.
Brent Knoll (🚶🆓 · 36km/23mi away in Brent Knoll) · The Isle of Frogs - an Iron Age hill fort with panoramic views.
Ebbor Gorge (🚶🆓 · 37km/23mi away, 2.1km/1⅓mi from Westbury-sub-Mendip) · A steep walk up a gorge will reward with with great views at the top.
Crook Peak (🚶🆓 · 41km/25mi away in Compton Bishop) · A Mendip peak with a mountainous appearance giving views for a long way.
King's Wood (🚶🐶🆓 · 42km/26mi away, 1.6km/1mi from Sidcot) · Ancient woodland rich in wildlife on the Strawberry line cycle trail.
Uphill Hill (🚶 · 44km/27mi away in Uphill)
Brean Down (🚶🪁🆓 · 44km/28mi away, 2.1km/1⅓mi from Uphill) · A natural pier and a beach providing a great place to walk.
🚶 Walking and hiking
Burrow Mump (🚶🆓 · 16km/10mi away, 2.0km/1¼mi from Athelney) · A scramble to the top of a 24m hill, where a ruined church stands.
RSPB Greylake Nature Reserve (🐦🚶🆓 · 20km/13mi away, 2.2km/1⅓mi from Greinton) · A small, young reserve, but which offers a wide range of birdlife.
Lollover Hill (🚶🆓 · 21km/13mi away in Dundon) · A short walk and climb from the church to wide panoramic views.
Dundon Beacon (🚶🆓 · 22km/13mi away in Dundon) · Winding paths through ancient woods, unspoilt meadows full of wildlife.
Fyne Court (🚶🆓 · 22km/14mi away in Broomfield)
Ham Wall Nature Reserve (🐦🚶🆓 · 27km/17mi away, 2.0km/1¼mi from Meare) · A wetland reserve with views over the marshes, famous for birdwatching.
Shapwick Heath Nature Reserve (🚶🐦🆓 · 27km/17mi away, 1.8km/1mi from Westhay) · Explore meadows, woods and reedbeds with bitterns, otters and starlings.
Glastonbury Tor (🚶🆓 · 28km/18mi away, 1.6km/1mi from Glastonbury) · Legendary hill overlooking the Levels, Dorset, Wiltshire and Wales.
Triscombe Stone (🚶 · 29km/18mi away, 2.7km/1⅔mi from West Bagborough) · A starting point for several great Quantocks walks.
Westhay Moor Nature Reserve (🚶🐦🆓 · 31km/19mi away, 2.1km/1¼mi from Meare) · Big reed-beds, lakes and pools, wet woodland, raised bogs, and ponies.
🏍 Motocross
Grandfields Motocross Track and Learner Driver Area (🏍 · 20km/12mi away, 1.5km/1mi from Middlezoy) · £5-7/visit for cars, motorbikes, dirtbikes, quads, etc. Closed Tue/Thu.
🐦 Birdwatching
RSPB Greylake Nature Reserve (🐦🚶🆓 · 20km/13mi away, 2.2km/1⅓mi from Greinton) · A small, young reserve, but which offers a wide range of birdlife.
Ham Wall Nature Reserve (🐦🚶🆓 · 27km/17mi away, 2.0km/1¼mi from Meare) · A wetland reserve with views over the marshes, famous for birdwatching.
Shapwick Heath Nature Reserve (🚶🐦🆓 · 27km/17mi away, 1.8km/1mi from Westhay) · Explore meadows, woods and reedbeds with bitterns, otters and starlings.
Westhay Moor Nature Reserve (🚶🐦🆓 · 31km/19mi away, 2.1km/1¼mi from Meare) · Big reed-beds, lakes and pools, wet woodland, raised bogs, and ponies.
🌳 Gardens
Chalice Well Trust Gardens (🌳 · 28km/17mi away, 1.1km/⅔mi from Glastonbury) · Relaxing, peaceful gardens surrounding an ancient spring.
The Bishop's Palace (🌳 · 37km/23mi away in Wells) · Beautiful landscaped gardens to wander around in.
Tyntesfield (🚶🌳 · 59km/37mi away, 2.1km/1⅓mi from Failand) · Victorian Gothic Revival house with gardens and woodland.
🏋 Gyms
Wells Sport and Fitness Centre (🏊🏋 · 36km/22mi away, 1.1km/⅔mi from Wells) · Swimming pool with an area for small children and 'rapids'.
Kings Fitness and Leisure (🏊🏋 · 40km/25mi away in Cheddar)
🏊 Swimming pools
Wells Sport and Fitness Centre (🏊🏋 · 36km/22mi away, 1.1km/⅔mi from Wells) · Swimming pool with an area for small children and 'rapids'.
Kings Fitness and Leisure (🏊🏋 · 40km/25mi away in Cheddar)
Brean Splash (🏊 · 40km/25mi away, 1.6km/1mi from Brean) · Play pool with waterslides, flumes and separate toddler pool.
🛶 Kayaking and canoeing
Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club (🌊🛶 · 41km/25mi away, 1.5km/1mi from Axbridge) · Bring your equipment to windsurf, paddleboard or kayak at the reservoir.
🌊 Watersports
Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club (🌊🛶 · 41km/25mi away, 1.5km/1mi from Axbridge) · Bring your equipment to windsurf, paddleboard or kayak at the reservoir.
📽 Cinemas
Axbridge Roxy (📽 · 41km/25mi away in Axbridge) · One of the smallest cinemas in England.
Cube Cinema (📽 · 63km/39mi away in Bristol City Centre) · Community-owned, volunteer-run, shows cult/world films and hosts gigs.
🪁 Kite spots and kite shops
Brean Down (🚶🪁🆓 · 44km/28mi away, 2.1km/1⅓mi from Uphill) · A natural pier and a beach providing a great place to walk.
UFO (🪁 · 47km/29mi away in Weston-super-Mare) · Bike, scooter, kite and skate shop with lots of fun stuff.
🎵 Live music
Loves (🎵🌱🐶 · 47km/29mi away in Weston-super-Mare) · A laid-back vegetarian café with live music and independent films.
🛹 Skate parks
Clevedon Skatepark (🛹 · 57km/35mi away in Clevedon) · A back and forth run with a quarter-pipe and flat bank either side of a funbox.
👾 Hackspaces
Bristol Hackspace (👾 · 62km/38mi away in Bedminster)
🚵 Mountain biking
Leigh Woods (🚶🚵🆓 · 62km/38mi away in Leigh Woods) · Tranquil broadleaf woodland on a plateau above the Avon Gorge.
🏺 Museums
We the Curious (🏺🧩 · 62km/39mi away in Bristol City Centre) · Science museum with interactive exhibits and a planetarium
Bristol Aquarium (🏺 · 62km/39mi away in Bristol City Centre) · Big tanks with tunnels containing fish, rays, sharks and an octopus.
Bristol Museum and Art Gallery (🏺🆓 · 63km/39mi away in Bristol City Centre) · Collections of art, nature and history.

Eating

🌱 Vegan and Vegetarian options
The Engine Room (🌱🖥 · 23km/15mi away in Bridgwater) · Friendly café with lots of vegan options. A hub of creative arts.
Blue Note Cafe (🌱🐶 · 28km/17mi away in Glastonbury) · Friendly vegetarian cafe with outdoor courtyard seating.
Rainbow's End (🌱🐶 · 28km/17mi away in Glastonbury) · Vegetarian café serving home-made food with a garden at the back.
The Good Earth (🌱🛒 · 36km/22mi away in Wells) · Wholefood store and restaurant.
Ebisu (🇯🇵🌱 · 47km/29mi away in Weston-super-Mare) · Good, filling, umami-rich Japanese food with a dozen vegan options.
The Curious Pumpkin (🌱 · 47km/29mi away in Weston-super-Mare) · A friendly vegan café selling good, inexpensive subs, burgers, etc.
Replenish Weston (🌱🛒 · 47km/29mi away in Weston-super-Mare) · Shop concentrating on natural food and reducing packaging waste.
Loves (🎵🌱🐶 · 47km/29mi away in Weston-super-Mare) · A laid-back vegetarian café with live music and independent films.
Flow (🌱 · 63km/39mi away in Bristol City Centre)
Cafés
Blue Note Cafe (🌱🐶 · 28km/17mi away in Glastonbury) · Friendly vegetarian cafe with outdoor courtyard seating.
Rainbow's End (🌱🐶 · 28km/17mi away in Glastonbury) · Vegetarian café serving home-made food with a garden at the back.
DusiCake (🍰 · 35km/22mi away in Burnham-on-Sea) · The café and shop of a cake designer.
Ollie's ( · 36km/22mi away, 1.3km/¾mi from Brent Knoll) · Café by the A38, known for its cooked breakfasts.
The Good Earth (🌱🛒 · 36km/22mi away in Wells) · Wholefood store and restaurant.
The Almshouse Tea Shop ( · 41km/25mi away in Axbridge) · A tiny café with good cake and soups.
Brean Down (🚶🪁🆓 · 44km/28mi away, 2.1km/1⅓mi from Uphill) · A natural pier and a beach providing a great place to walk.
Brean Down Bird Garden (🐶 · 45km/28mi away, 2.1km/1⅓mi from Uphill) · A small parrot aviary and café selling ice cream, cakes and hot food.
Court Farm Country Park (🐮 · 46km/28mi away, 1.3km/¾mi from Banwell)
The Curious Pumpkin (🌱 · 47km/29mi away in Weston-super-Mare) · A friendly vegan café selling good, inexpensive subs, burgers, etc.
🍰 Cakes and bakeries
DusiCake (🍰 · 35km/22mi away in Burnham-on-Sea) · The café and shop of a cake designer.
🇯🇵 Japanese
Yo-Ji (🇯🇵 · 47km/29mi away in Weston-super-Mare) · Watch Japanese food being prepared or try one of the bento boxes.
Ebisu (🇯🇵🌱 · 47km/29mi away in Weston-super-Mare) · Good, filling, umami-rich Japanese food with a dozen vegan options.
🇮🇹 Italian
Mezzaluna (🇮🇹 · 61km/38mi away in Bedminster)
Renato's Taverna dell'Artista (🍕🇮🇹🍻 · 62km/39mi away in Bristol City Centre) · Cosy, relaxed, friendly and cheap pub that serves fresh pizza.
🍕 Pizza
Renato's Taverna dell'Artista (🍕🇮🇹🍻 · 62km/39mi away in Bristol City Centre) · Cosy, relaxed, friendly and cheap pub that serves fresh pizza.
🇮🇳 Indian
Raj (🇮🇳 · 62km/39mi away in Bristol City Centre) · Good curry served in underground vaults.
Urban Tandoor (🇮🇳 · 63km/39mi away in Bristol City Centre) · One of Bristol's busiest and best Indian places.
🇨🇳 Chinese
Mayflower (🇨🇳 · 63km/39mi away in Bristol City Centre) · Well-known Cantonese restaurant open until 3am.
🇵🇱 Polish
Sophie Cafe and Pub Tatra House (🇵🇱🍻 · 63km/39mi away in Bristol City Centre) · Generous portions of Polish food and Goral music on Saturday night.

Drinking

🍻 Pubs
The Ashcott (🍻 · 23km/15mi away in Ashcott) · A good beer garden to visit after the starling murmuration.
The Duck (🍻 · 28km/18mi away in Burtle) · Good food in a quiet Levels village.
The Sheppey (🍻 · 30km/19mi away in Godney) · Cool, cosy pub with great food.
The Fox and Goose (🍻🛏 · 35km/22mi away, 1.3km/¾mi from Brent Knoll)
The Red Cow (🍻 · 37km/23mi away in Brent Knoll) · A country pub with a big beer garden.
The Brent Knoll Inn (🍻🛏 · 37km/23mi away in East Brent)
The Stag and Hounds (🍻 · 47km/29mi away in Churchill) · A Marston's pub with a lot of choice, including vegan and 2-for-1.
The King William Ale House (🍻 · 62km/39mi away in Bristol City Centre) · Old (1670) but roomy Sam Smith's pub with an open fire.
Small Bar (🍻 · 62km/39mi away in Bristol City Centre) · Good selection of local craft beer served in 2/3 pint (315ml) glasses.
Renato's Taverna dell'Artista (🍕🇮🇹🍻 · 62km/39mi away in Bristol City Centre) · Cosy, relaxed, friendly and cheap pub that serves fresh pizza.
🍎 Cider farms
Wilkins Cider Farm (🍎 · 32km/20mi away, 1.2km/¾mi from Theale) · A working farm with a cider barn, where you can sit and drink cider.
Westcroft Cider (🍎 · 37km/23mi away in Brent Knoll) · Traditional and natural farmhouse cider.
🍺 Breweries
Moor Beer Company (🍺 · 63km/39mi away, 1.6km/1mi from Bristol City Centre)
Dawkins (🍺 · 64km/40mi away in Easton)
Arbor Ales (🍺 · 64km/40mi away in Easton)
Fierce and Noble (🍺 · 65km/40mi away in Easton)
Wiper and True (🍺 · 65km/40mi away in Easton)

Practicalities

🆓 Free or very cheap
Burrow Mump (🚶🆓 · 16km/10mi away, 2.0km/1¼mi from Athelney) · A scramble to the top of a 24m hill, where a ruined church stands.
RSPB Greylake Nature Reserve (🐦🚶🆓 · 20km/13mi away, 2.2km/1⅓mi from Greinton) · A small, young reserve, but which offers a wide range of birdlife.
Lollover Hill (🚶🆓 · 21km/13mi away in Dundon) · A short walk and climb from the church to wide panoramic views.
Dundon Beacon (🚶🆓 · 22km/13mi away in Dundon) · Winding paths through ancient woods, unspoilt meadows full of wildlife.
Fyne Court (🚶🆓 · 22km/14mi away in Broomfield)
Ham Wall Nature Reserve (🐦🚶🆓 · 27km/17mi away, 2.0km/1¼mi from Meare) · A wetland reserve with views over the marshes, famous for birdwatching.
Shapwick Heath Nature Reserve (🚶🐦🆓 · 27km/17mi away, 1.8km/1mi from Westhay) · Explore meadows, woods and reedbeds with bitterns, otters and starlings.
Glastonbury Tor (🚶🆓 · 28km/18mi away, 1.6km/1mi from Glastonbury) · Legendary hill overlooking the Levels, Dorset, Wiltshire and Wales.
Westhay Moor Nature Reserve (🚶🐦🆓 · 31km/19mi away, 2.1km/1¼mi from Meare) · Big reed-beds, lakes and pools, wet woodland, raised bogs, and ponies.
Brent Knoll (🚶🆓 · 36km/23mi away in Brent Knoll) · The Isle of Frogs - an Iron Age hill fort with panoramic views.
🖥 Internet access
The Engine Room (🌱🖥 · 23km/15mi away in Bridgwater) · Friendly café with lots of vegan options. A hub of creative arts.
🐶 Dog-friendly
Blue Note Cafe (🌱🐶 · 28km/17mi away in Glastonbury) · Friendly vegetarian cafe with outdoor courtyard seating.
Rainbow's End (🌱🐶 · 28km/17mi away in Glastonbury) · Vegetarian café serving home-made food with a garden at the back.
King's Wood (🚶🐶🆓 · 42km/26mi away, 1.6km/1mi from Sidcot) · Ancient woodland rich in wildlife on the Strawberry line cycle trail.
Brean Down Bird Garden (🐶 · 45km/28mi away, 2.1km/1⅓mi from Uphill) · A small parrot aviary and café selling ice cream, cakes and hot food.
Loves (🎵🌱🐶 · 47km/29mi away in Weston-super-Mare) · A laid-back vegetarian café with live music and independent films.
🛏 Accommodation
The Fox and Goose (🍻🛏 · 35km/22mi away, 1.3km/¾mi from Brent Knoll)
The Brent Knoll Inn (🍻🛏 · 37km/23mi away in East Brent)
🧩 Autism-friendly
We the Curious (🏺🧩 · 62km/39mi away in Bristol City Centre) · Science museum with interactive exhibits and a planetarium

For children

🐮 Country parks
Court Farm Country Park (🐮 · 46km/28mi away, 1.3km/¾mi from Banwell)
Puxton Park (🐮🧒🛒 · 48km/30mi away, 1.2km/¾mi from Puxton) · Adventure park with soft play and many attractions.
🧒 Soft plays
Puxton Park (🐮🧒🛒 · 48km/30mi away, 1.2km/¾mi from Puxton) · Adventure park with soft play and many attractions.

Buying

🛡 Viking shops
Shield-Maiden (🛡 · 28km/17mi away in Glastonbury) · Viking store and armoury, stocking a selection of good meads.
Midgard Craft (🛡 · 28km/17mi away in Glastonbury) · Norse, pagan and fantasy-inpired crafts.
🧸 Toy shops
Little Imps (🧸 · 28km/17mi away in Glastonbury) · Old-fashioned, high quality toy shop, with good wooden toys.
🛒 Food shops
SM Pickles (🛒 · 29km/18mi away, 2.6km/1⅔mi from West Pennard) · My favourite producer of pickled onions.
Kyffins (🛒 · 35km/22mi away in Burnham-on-Sea)
The Good Earth (🌱🛒 · 36km/22mi away in Wells) · Wholefood store and restaurant.
The Ploughman's Farm Shop (🛒 · 38km/24mi away in Rooks Bridge)
Brent House Farm Milk Store (🛒 · 39km/24mi away in Edingworth) · A farm shop with a vending machine outside that sells fresh milk.
Replenish Weston (🌱🛒 · 47km/29mi away in Weston-super-Mare) · Shop concentrating on natural food and reducing packaging waste.
Puxton Park (🐮🧒🛒 · 48km/30mi away, 1.2km/¾mi from Puxton) · Adventure park with soft play and many attractions.
📚 Second-hand bookshops
Bookbarn (📚 · 50km/31mi away in Hallatrow) · The largest used bookseller in the UK.

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