This large village has a population of around 1400 people. There are many amenities including three pubs, doctor’s surgery, two village shops, post office, village hall, vets and a library. The primary school is rated as Good by Ofsted. The village has a quaint appeal, with ancient cottages, cobbled pavements and a stream running down the side of the street. Notable landmarks include the castle ruins, a grade 11 listed Church, the National Trust property where the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge used to live and the Coleridge Way, a 50 mile footpath celebrating his walks with Wordsworth in the area and beyond. The village is some 8 miles to the west of Bridgwater and 12 miles north of Taunton. The railway station in Bridgwater is on the mainline between Bristol and Taunton with a service to London Paddington. The nearest secondary schools, Brymore Academy, Chilton Trinity and Haygrove are all rated as Good by Ofsted. There is fibre broadband in the village. Independent education is offered at Sidcot School in Winscombe or the independent schools in Taunton such as Taunton School. Bridgwater is a busy and popular town with many amenities such as film and arts centres, a tennis club, football club, cricket and sailing clubs. Twice a year the town hosts the famous Bridgwater Carnival which attracts visitors from across the country and it has one of the top colleges in the U.K. at Bridgwater College, offering excellent academic and sports amenities. The town centre has all the major retailers, out of town retail parks and the major supermarkets.