There was a church in Northover as early as the late Saxon period, and Northover is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. The church stands on a mound which may hide a pre-Christian temple. Roman Road, Northover, Somerset, England, BA22 8JR
St Andrew's Church in Old Cleeve dates to the Saxon period, though most of the present building is early 15th-century work. Look for medieval tiles made by the monks of Cleeve Abbey, a 1420 effigy of Sir John Golafre, and an ancient parish chest made from a hollowed-out tree trunk. Old Cleeve, Somerset, England, TA24 6HJ
Otterhampton church was originally dedicated to St Peter but was later renamed All Saints. The church stands beside a farmyard, looking out over the estuary of the River Parrett on the minor road to the Steart Marshes nature reserve. Otterhampton, Somerset, England, TA5 2PT
St Thomas Becket is a redundant church set beside a striking Victorian railway viaduct. The church is a 14th-century building set on the banks of the River Chew. Its location is what led to the church falling out of regular use, as in 1968 it was badly damaged when the river flooded. Old Road, Pensford, Somerset, England, BS39 4BB
Seavington is a small village just east of Ilminster. The 13th-century church of St Mary's is set well away from the village. It began as a chapel attached to South Petherton church, possibly founded by the De Vaux family. Church Lane, Seavington, Somerset, England, TA19 0QP
All Saints Church is mainly a product of the 15th century and boasts an outstanding wagon roof with decorative bosses and carved angels holding shields. Look for memorials to the Acland family, lords of the manor, plus a pulpit made of medieval carved panels and a 16th-century parish chest. Selworthy, Somerset, England, TA24 8TR
On a wooded hillside above Watchet is an ancient holy well linked to St Decuman, a Celtic missionary saint from Wales, who came here in the 7th century. A pagan is said to have struck off Decuman's head whereupon the saint washed it in the holy well waters, stuck it back on his head, and carried on. Brendon Road, Watchet, Somerset, England, TA23 0HU
Attraction Type: Church - Holy Well Heritage Rating:?
The church of St Mary's stands in an exposed position atop a hill, with excellent views over the surrounding area. The church is primarily a product of the 13th and 14th centuries. Stocklinch Ottersey, Somerset, England, TA19 9JL
St Mary's Church dates to the 14th century, with Victorian restoration in the Arts and Crafts style. The historical highlight is the ornate tomb of Sir George Sydenham, father-in-law of Sir Francis Drake. Look for late medieval carved bench ends and a memorial brass to Margery Windham (d 1585). High Street, Stogumber, Somerset, England, TA4 3TA
The George at Nunney has nine guest rooms, including the romantic four-poster Trafalgar Suite. Rated 3*** by the English Tourism Council, this is the ideal bed and breakfast hotel near Longleat Safari Park, Bath and Frome for exploring the West Country.