The Local Area

Tatworth and Forton is a rural parish made up of several small hamlets. Numerous small businesses operate in and around the area and there are many leisure activities for all ages. The parish lies near to both the Devon and Dorset boundaries and the Axe Valley.  It is situated about 12 miles from the Jurassic coast and surrounded by beautiful countryside.  Stowell Meadow, an ancient watercress meadow that is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (S.S.S.I.) lies within the parish.

If you bring your walking shoes there are a number of beautiful walks to be enjoyed. The Parish Council has published a few of them to get you started, click here to take a look and for those of you who are more adventurous hikers the Jubilee Trail which starts from Forde Abby which is close by.

There are various places to eat and drink in the area.

  • Perry Street Club: At the heart of the community and a short stroll from The Guest House Perry Street club welcomes non members to use the bar, darts room and snooker tables.
  • The Windwhistle Inn dates from the 17th Century and was once a notorious haunt of smugglers, highwaymen, and cut-throats. Much quieter now they offer modern pub classics with the emphasis on good quality locally sourced produce.
  • Cricket St Thomas Golf Club has been recently refurbished and welcomes non members to their excellent restaurant and sports bar.
  • The Squirrel is country pub offering a pool table, entertainment and quiz nights.
  • The Tytherleigh Arms is a former coaching inn dating back to the 16th century, it has a fantastic reputation with locals and visitors alike. A seasonal menu featuring the best fresh local produce guarantees a fantastic taste of the west whatever time of year you choose to visit.
  • River Cottage Canteen: Dine on the best the season has to offer in the heart of Axminster

Taxis are available from Pinewood Cars, Woods (24 hour availability) and Gems. It is always best to book in advance as we are in a rural area and there aren’t quite so many as in the cities.

Places to visit in the area include Forde Abbey, Chard Junction Nature Reserve, Chard Reservoir, River Cottage, The Jurassic Coast and Ferne Animal Sanctuary.

You can find details of the many antiques shops in the area from