To West Barton Lower Swell Fivehead TA3 6PH.
From Curry Rivel:
Due to the narrow lanes around Swell, you might find it easier to continue on the A378 Taunton road to Fivehead, turning left opposite the Proton garage, down Butchers Hill. Then follow instructions as ‘From Taunton’.
Or you can go via Swell (see below!), but do be careful, lanes are narrow and passing places few!
Drive through Curry Rivel, going towards Taunton on the A378. After you pass the 40mph sign, continue for exactly 2 miles and then turn left off the main road, a country lane, hopefully marked ‘Swell’ and ‘Ancient Church’. Continue on this lane, which is very windy for exactly 1.4 miles until you meet a sharp right hand bend. West Barton is immediately on the right, after this bend.
However, to park, continue past the house for 50 yards, turn left into the bridal path and again left into the paddock area and park there. Be careful of the sump if you have a low-suspension car! You can then cross the paddock area (next to the chicken orchard) and access the house through the pedestrian gate, which comes out opposite our entrance.
The parking area has extensive turf reinforcement matting, from the entrance ramp to about 3/4 way across, which helps to keep the surface safe. But in Winter it can get a bid muddy so do be careful! Avoid any wheel spinning or turning your wheel while stationary!
From Taunton direction: Take the A358 Ilminster road, then at Thornfalcon, the A378 towards Langport.
After 6 miles, turn right int Butchers Hill, opposite the Proton garage, signposted Fivehead. At the bottom of the hill, take the sharp left-hand turn, signposted ‘Isle Brewers’. You will see the ‘old’ Post Office on the left, then the road goes round to the right. Do not continue round to the right, but take the road opposite you, just after the Post Office, signposted ‘Swell’. West Barton is half a mile along that lane, on the left. Just before the house, turn right into the bridle path for parking (see instructions above)