5 things to do in Yatton
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From walking the picturesque Strawberry Line to visiting the colourful inhabitants of the North Somerset Butterfly House, Yatton offers something for every member of the family
Step in to St. Mary the Virgin Church
Sitting slap bang in the centre of the village, you can’t miss this lovely 800 year-old Church – such is its size and imposing tower – which boasts National Trust Grade I status (as does the neighbouring rectory). A favourite with history lovers, St Mary’s even gets a mention in the infamous Doomsday Book.
Venture down to the Village Market
Local farmers, growers, produce makers and crafters sell their wares at the Yatton Village Market all year round (except August) on the second Saturday of every month. It includes up to 30 stalls and takes place in the Village Hall from 10am to 12 noon. It’s well worth a look (and a taste or two).
Walking the Strawberry Line
Once part of the Great Western Railway, it became an important line for transporting the locally grown strawberries to London markets, from which it takes its name. The line was closed in 1965 but thanks to community support has become apicturesque trail that takes in local nature reserves. Part of the Strawberry Line Heritage Trail runs from Yatton to Cheddar and can be cycled or walked and has access for wheelchairs and buggies. Plans are also afoot to create a continuous 30-mile traffic-free path spanning Mid-Somerset from Clevedon to Shepton Mallet.
Nip in to the North Somerset Butterfly House
A gem of a place to spend the morning or afternoon, North Somerset Butterfly House is just three and a half miles from Yatton so well within cycling or walking distance and there’s a café at the other end for some well-deserved refreshments. Many of the colourful butterflies are from Central and South America and tou’ll also spot terrapins and caterpillars – a great place to bring kids. There’s also a garden centre next door. Only open between April and November.
Rev up your fitness with Yatton Ramblers
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No-one knows the local walks or nature trails better than the local rambling club. Yatton Ramblers meet on the second and fourth Sunday’s of every month (as well as the occasional Wednesday).To find out where they’ll be going next get in touch with secretary Barbara Riddick at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the spring/summer 2015 timetable on the website. If you don’t feel that sociable you can always pick up one of the many books written by the club and which should be available in local village newsagents or libraries.
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