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North Newton


North Newton church The Bridgewater canal

Lying in the parish of North Petherton, the village of North Newton is ideally placed with good access from the M5 at junction 24 or 25 via the A38 and is situated midway between Somerset’s County Town of Taunton and Bridgwater.

The village’s Anglican Church of St Peters is beside Newton House, which makes Dragonfly Barn a very convenient location when attending a wedding at the church. Sustrans National Cycle Route 3 passes through the village making it a popular choice for cyclists and situated close to the Bridgwater/Taunton Canal with its towpath, the village is ideal for cycling and walking alike.

The Harvest Moon Bar & Restaurant has recently been refurbished and the current owners bring with them a reputation for fantastic food and a friendly welcome. visit The Harvest Moon for more information

The Quantock Hills are a short distance from the village, providing excellent open hill country for walking, horse-riding and mountain biking with miles of footpaths and bridleways. By contrast the Somerset levels and moors which are just to the east of the village, play host to a diverse range of wading birds and wildfowl, and are home to an RSPB reserve at Fivehead.

THE canal

The Bridgewater canal

The Bridgwater / Taunton Canal is 15 miles in length and was once part of an ambitious 19th century scheme to create a route between Exeter and Bristol to avoiding the hazardous sea route around Lands End. It was mainly used for the transportation of coal, timber and limestone which were carried in small tub-boats.

Nowadays the canal is used for many recreational activities including fishing, walking and cycling with some of the towpath forming part of the River Parrett trail - running from its source in Chedington, Dorset through to Bridgwater and beyond. The Sustrans National Cycle route, which runs from Padstow to Bristol/Bath, also uses part of the towpath.

The canal is an important ecosystem for wildlife, being an excellent example of wetland habitat, with clear unpolluted water that supports plant, fish, bird and insect life. Vast stocks of roach, pike, perch, carp, bream and tench can be Spotted. kingfishers, herons, dragonflies and damselflies fly overhead, and there is an abundance of interesting flora and fauna.

Starting at Bridgwater Docks you can explore the old lock where the canal is connected to the River Parrett, take a boat trip or start with a drink and a bite to eat at the Admirals Landing .

The Boat and Anchor is an ideal waterside location and about a 20 minute bike ride from Dragonfly Barn.

Experience the true scale of our solar system by walking The Somerset Space Walk - a scale model of our Solar System with the planets placed along the canal.

Maunsel Lock provides a wonderful place to stop for a cup of tea and home made refreshments at the tea rooms. The last of the Lock Keepers Cottages stands here and boat trips on the ‘Maunsel Lady’ take you through the lock and along the canal.

The canal ends in Taunton with many pubs, restaurants and places to eat just yards from the canal. There are railway stations in both Taunton and Bridgwater, so you can walk the entire Canal and catch the train back!

Circular walks begin at both the car park at Lower Maunsel Lock and next to The Boat and Anchor at Huntworth.

Maunsel house

Maunsel House, a 13th Century Manor is set within 100 acres of parkland. Now home to Sir Benjamin Slade, the house and its surroundings offer the ideal location for weddings and a variety of other functions.

Dragonfly Barn is a short walk from Maunsel House and a popular choice for guests to stay when attending a wedding at Maunsel House. We are delighted to offer all Maunsel House wedding guests the option of two or three night breaks including complimentary tea & coffee making facilities and an extended check out.


newt beer fest

The Bridgewater canal

One of North Newton’s most well known events of the year.

The Newt Beer & Music Festival is held every year during a weekend in July and has been running since 1991. It is organised to raise funds for North Newton Community Primary School and many of the villagers are involved in the running of this spectacular 2 day event.

For more information and next year’s dates please
visit Newt Beer Fest.

Maunsel Lock Canal Centre & Tea Shop

The Bridgewater canal

Mid-way along the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal and just a 20 minute peaceful stroll from Dragonfly Barn lays Maunsel Lock Canal Centre & Tea Shop. A wonderfully relaxing place to discover, sit back and enjoy a light lunch or cream tea or take a trip along the canal on the Maunsel Lady.

Please visit for more information.