A Heritage Trail is in preparation which will cover the four Benefice churches of West Monkton, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Kingston-St-Mary and Broomfield. Additionally the Heritage sites of Fyne Court (National Trust) and Hestercombe (Hestercombe Gardens Trust) will be included. Directions will be available to encompass the Church Primary Schools at West Monkton and Cheddon along with pointers to the Taunton/Bridgwater Canal which was once an essential passage for bulk goods, coal etc, from Bridgwater docks.
The following map shows the relative geographical position of these Heritage locations.
It is apparent that the majority of the locations are below the Quantocks Hills at the southern end of the Benefice while Broomfield Church and Fyne Court, which are virtually adjacent to each other, are located a few miles to the north up on the Quantocks. As such to cover the complete trail on foot will require seasoned walkers or alternatively bicycle or car. The southern group, however, can be mainly covered in whole or part on foot, and of course by bicycle or car.
It is the intention to have details of the trail available by free leaflets in all the churches, which are normally open during daylight hours, and also at Fyne Court and Hestercombe. There is also a National Heritage day, usually in September, when light refreshments will be available at a number of the locations.
A map showing footpaths linking the southern group is included below.