Sutton Bingham Reservoir
This pretty reservoir near Yeovil has a short walking trail through a hay meadow on the western bank of the water. There's lots of pretty wildflowers and great views across the lovely blue waters of the lake from the viewpoint. The meadow includes flora such as the purple Meadow Saffron and yellow Bird's foot trefoil. These attract a wide variety of butterflies such as Small Skipper and Marble White. On the lake you can look out for a number of water loving birds such as Pochard, Coot and Tufted Duck.
If you'd like to continue your walking in the area then the Monarch's Way runs through East Coker just to the north of the reservoir. This popular waymarked trail leads you north to Yeovil Country Park where you will find 127 acres of rivers, lakes, waterfalls, open grassland and woodland.
PostcodeBA22 9QP - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
Sutton Bingham Reservoir Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
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Sutton Bingham Reservoir Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
Head short distance north east from the reservoir into East Coker and you can visit the Heylar Arms for some post walk refreshments. It is a pub of some note, being a Grade II listed building and dating from the 15th Century. The pub still retains a wealth of character and charm, set in the picturesque village of East Coker with its mellow stone and thatch cottages, almshouses, Historic Coker Court and St Michael’s church. You can visit the resting place of T.S. Eliot and discover the birthplace of the explorer William Dampier in the area. There's an excellent menu, real log fires, a large sunny garden to sit in during the summer months and a car park that can accommodate over 30 cars. The inn also provides accommodation if you need to stay over. You can find the pub in the village on Moor Street with a postcode of BA22 9JR for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
You could also pay a visit to Coker Court in the nearby village of East Coker. The historic building includes a noble hall complete with minstrel gallery and magnificent Jacobean fireplace. Within the churchyard lie the remains of the poet T.S. Eliot who once wrote a poem about East Coker. There's also the interesting church of St Michael, which was believed to have been built by Hugh de Courteney in 1276. The church is in an interesting location, situated on a hill overlooking the village.