South Somerset Churches
With the sun out it was a great day for a cycle trip around some of the villages of South Somerset.
I arrived in Baltonsborough just as the hay was being cut in the fields next to the mill stream.
The mill stream provides a great habitat for insects such as damselflies.
Barton St David
Following along the River Brue the next village was Barton St David.
Jackdaws circled around the unusual octagonal church tower.
Outside the church there was the opportunity to buy some local plants.
On the stone walls hornets inspected every gap looking for a nest site.
The next day the skies were still bright blue so I headed out to west Bradley.
The parish includes the hamlets of Lottisham and Hornblotton.
It is easy to miss this tiny hamlet in South Somerset.
The cows return to the farm for milking. Time for a short rest before heading off to Hornblotton.
The tiny hamlet has a collection of farms and a church.
The church is at the end of its own lane.
Hornblotton church is Victorian arts and crafts style – it does look strange.
I liked how the grass had been left long around the back. A great spot for some butterflies.
At the village of Lovington the church sits high on a corner surrounded by farms.
And beautiful cottage gardens.
At North Barrow the church is hard to find. Hiding up a steep dark path, the best views were from the footpaths crossing the nearby fields.
Down the road at South Barrow the church has the perfect English countryside setting. I wanted to photograph it behind the red telephone box in the centre of the village but the view was spoilt by a car – maybe next time.