I recently visited the church at the tiny village of Pitcombe near Wincanton in Somerset. The church sits in a deep valley that cuts through the steep hills around Bruton. This valley to a welcome short cut on a long cycle ride. I did not have time to explore then so I had to return on my own.
Clearly we were not the first to notice what this valley had to offer as it was once the route of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway. The track passed through on the hill near the gates (in the picture above) to the nearby station at Cole (for Bruton).
Further down the valley is the village of Shepton Montague. Like Pitcombe the track passed next to the church. The church is down a narrow lane so you will not notice it as you drive through the village.
Next village up the valley is Pitcombe.
Sadly, the church in this isolated corner of rural Somerset was locked so I did not get in to see those etchings.
The next village going north up the valley is Wyke Champflower. But first is a very narrow steep climb up a hill under the railway tunnel.
The church at Wyke Champflower is hidden behind the manor house.
In spring the wild garlic gives the grounds a boost.
From the church you have a great view up Trendle Hill. The cattle produce the milk to make the Wyke Farm cheddar – apparently this is the natural home of Cheddar (a bold claim) – but it is very good.
As you leave Wyke there is a road sign warning you to drive on the left. This is a very long way from any ports. I do not understand why it is there. Perhaps to warn lorry drivers leaving Wyke Farms on the way back to the continent.