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Country walks around Westbury-sub-Mendip

Whatever the season, a country walk is a great way to get out and about.

Head for the Westbury-sub-Mendip Community Shop and pick up one of the Westbury Walks leaflets – they’re only 50p. All of the walks start and end at The Cross, so you can get started as soon as you leave the shop.

Each of the 20 walks is described in detail, with clear directions, maps and useful information plus an indication of how long each walk takes. They vary in length, some only a mile or two, others much longer, as you will see from the list below.

If you want to take supplies with you, the shop sells a variety of sandwiches, pies and drinks. Or you could go to The Westbury Inn for a post-walk cider.

WESTBURY WALKS Distance in miles
1 Millway, Broadway Hill 3
2 Strawberry Special 7.8
3 Ebbor Gorge, Wookey Hole, Wattles Hill, Easton 7.6
4 Priddy Veal Lane 5.6
5 Westbury-sub-Mendip Village 4
6 Priddy 6
7 Rodney Stoke & Draycott Loop 5.8
8 Hollybrook 2
9 Priddy Nine Barrows 9
10 Easton Levels 3.5
11 Ebbor Gorge, Rookham, Milton Hill, Wookey Hole, Easton 9.6
12 Lodge Hill 2.3
13 Coxton End Lane 5.4
14 Rodney Stoke & Stoke Woods 6.3
15 Ramspits 3.6
16 Ebbor Wood 5.7
17 Wells & back 11.3
18 Barrow Wood Land & the River Axe 6.6
19 Broadmead Quarry 2.7
20 Wedmore & back 11.2


Westbury Community Shop is Open


Westbury Society programme – 2018/2019

The programme for Thursday evening talks in Westbury Village Hall between September 2018 and April 2019 will be:

20th September 2018   Ladybirds – Brian Pincen

1st November 2018       Westbury WW1, Stories from the Memorial – Sue Caola & Sylvia Healey

29th November 2019    A Village for Bats  – Dave Cottle

24th January 2019       Wassail – Alan Stone

21st February 2019      Strawberries  –  Helen Batt

21st March 2019           Barry Lane Lecture, archaeological subject TBC – Vince Russett

25th April 2019            The Hedgehog Predicament – Colin Varndell


All talks start at 7.30pm

Another Square Tea Party

Westbury’s social life continues to thrive!

For the ninth year running, residents of The Square and houses close by held their annual Bank Holiday Tea Party on Sunday 27th August.

It’s a very informal event, with people bringing out garden chairs and tables, and providing a wide range of sandwiches, scones, and cakes to share around.

Lively conversation and laughter echoed around The Square, so it’s clear that everyone had an enjoyable afternoon.

Roll on Bank Holiday 2018!


Westbury 1838 Tithe Roll

For those interested in local history, we have a facsimile of the 1838 Tithe Roll for Westbury.

If you’d like to see it, contact us via the form on the Westbury Society page

Westbury Archaeology – progress?

The dig at Court House Farm continues to throw up questions. We have strong evidence showing that the building we’re excavating was built for the Bishop of Bath and Wells sometime between 1100 and 1150, and that it is most likely to be a “first floor hall house”. (Imagine an earlier version of the Abbot’s […]

Westbury-sub-Mendip census returns for 1851, 1861 & 1871

The Westbury Society has hard copies of the complete census lists for 1851, 1861 & 1871.

If you’re interested in local history, or just want to find out who lived in your house back then, email us using the form at the bottom of the Westbury Society page to arrange to look at them.

As you can see from the photo of a sample page, they’re not that easy to decipher, but they are very rich in detail.

WsM 1851 census sample page

Westbury, Let’s Blog

Claire Sully will be running a ‘Let’s Blog’ workshop in the Community Shop at 2:00 pm on Friday the 16th of June. The workshop will last about an hour and a half.

The workshop will show you how to blog on the Parish Council’s new website, and will inspire you to start blogging.

The workshop is now full, but if you are interested in future workshops please contact Mark Smith on 01749 871076 or

If you have a laptop or tablet, do bring it with you, and the Community Shop is kindly allowing the use of its wireless broadband.

Claire is the MD of Tickbox Marketing, who created the new website, and has extensive Blogging experience herself, so will have invaluable tips and inspiration to pass on.

Let’s Blog Workshop Notes

Restoration project underway for Mendip’s Ponds

Trevor Beebee will give a talk on the restoration of Dew Ponds and Cart Ponds between Cheddar and Westbury. He will explain the plans to link ponds to provide a better habitat for our amphibians as they emerge from hibernation in the spring. The talk is in Westbury Sub Mendip village hall on Thursday 16 March at 7:30 pm, hoisted by the Westbury Society.