A few weeks ago in early May we published an article claiming that Yatton was one of the worst places to live in Somerset. Although this is not an opinion shared by journalists at Somerset Live, the data provided by the property researcher Garrington offered otherwise.
So we wanted to reverse the agenda. A lovely, quiet little Somerset village shouldn’t be slapped with that distinction, so I traveled to Yatton to explore and find out why Yatton doesn’t deserve its low spot on Garrington’s map.
Although some of them are not technically located in the immediate vicinity of Yatton, they are all within a stone’s throw of the center of the village. Here are seven reasons why it’s actually a great place to live:
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Cadbury Hill fort
At the southeast corner of Yatton is a medieval hill with stunning views of Worlebury Hill, Sand Point, Flat Holme, Steep Holme, Crook’s Peak and the Mendips.
The vast moor and forest provide the perfect trail for families and friends – with the National Trust site a popular spot for dog walkers.
Its elevated position meant that during the Second World War the camp was used as a searchlight battery to locate enemy aircraft, so they could be shot down before dropping bombs on Bristol.
Michelin starred restaurant
Nestled on the edge of Cadbury Camp is one of North Somerset’s finest restaurants.
The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill is located in the Cadbury House hotel and has become a regional favorite for foodies and those looking for a touch of luxury. With a lively atmosphere, exquisite cuisine, refreshing cocktails and stunning views of the surrounding countryside, the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, Bristol is the perfect place to dine.
Menus feature the best of fresh, seasonal produce from vendors residing here in the Southwest, such as Chicken Cutlet Milanese, Smoked Haddock and Mr Lamb’s Shepherd’s Pie. They also offer a wide and varied wine, champagne and cocktail list, not to mention a delectable range of local beers and guest ciders.
Major transport links
No. The best thing about the station is not to leave. However, Yatton’s position means a trip to Bristol or Exeter is as easy as can be.
15 mins to Bristol, an hour to Exeter and 40 to Taunton – as long as the trains aren’t delayed there really can’t be too many complaints.
Not only does the station have excellent connections and an easily accessible train station, but a cozy cafe held in very high regard by locals and Strawberry Line users nearby. The ‘Strawberry Line Cafe’, a rather imaginative name, is popular with walkers and cyclists who have just finished exploring the cycle/walking path of the same name.
Arguably one of Somerset’s most popular cycle routes, the Strawberry Line is a not-so-hidden gem in the county.
The line currently runs regularly from Yatton Station to Cheddar and passes Thatchers Farm – which gave locals the well-known ‘Cider-Rider’ day. A short cycle from towns and villages to a cider house has proven a popular activity for friends and families.
Current proposals are to extend the line, with the start of the route extending to Clevedon and miles of additional cycle path taking it to Shepton Mallet.
New affordable housing
A noticeable difference from Yatton over the past five years is the sheer number of houses built in the surrounding fields.
Young couples and families move to the increasingly popular suburban village, with a local resident snapping the previous article and praising the village.
Callum Vickery, who currently lives in Yatton, told Somerset Live: “I love living here. It has everything you need in a small town and everything is within walking distance. It has great transport links and a nice line of strawberries.”
Scenic local sports grounds
Although not officially the seat of Yatton, Claverham Cricket Club on the outskirts of the village is a picturesque British club sports ground.
In Cadbury House and Cadbury Hill footy, the pitch is often deafened by the noise of returning planes arriving at nearby Bristol Airport.
A junior football pitch located in the shadow of a historic church just steps from Rock Road only adds to the community vibe.
Whilst the Yatton football team no longer plans to be in the village after merging with neighboring Cleeve, there is still a rugby club located off the B3133 when you come to the area.
Large local amenities
A local bakery, mid-sized co-op, music cafe and plenty of pubs and takeaways mean there’s no shortage of places to grab a pint or a pate.
The Railway, Butchers Arms and Bridge Inn are just a few located in the area, all serving pub classics and local ale.
This could still be expanding, with the arrival of Yatton’s first supermarket apparently not too far away. Plans for a new Sainsbury’s store in the growing village of Somerset have been submitted to planners. Sainsbury’s has submitted a request to North Somerset Council to build a new 9,000 square foot store in Arnolds Way on the site of two large industrial units currently occupied by Michael Burge Ltd.