South Petherton ......a market town with a village feel

Welcome to South Petherton

South Petherton is a village and civil parish on the River Parrett in the South Somerset district of Somerset, England. It is 5 miles (8 km) east of Ilminster and 5 miles (8 km) north west of Crewkerne. It had a population of 3,367 in 2011. The parish includes the hamlets of Yeabridge, Compton Durville, South Harp, and Over Stratton, and is approximately 2 miles (3 km) from East Lambrook, Martock and Lopen.

It is distinctive for the traditional hamstone construction of many of its buildings. In 2005 South Petherton was awarded ‘Somerset Village of the Year’ in a national competition. Historically South Petherton was a market town, but these days is regarded to be a village, with many of its ancient functions having ended by around 1870.

The village's name may come from the Old English word Pared meaning boundary and the Saxon word ton meaning settlement, forming ’Paredton’.

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Fortnightly South Petherton Health Walk

Come and join the South Petherton health walk starting on Thursday 7th September, at 10.30am from South Petherton Medical Centre. The walk will last approximately 45- 60 minutes, and be mainly flat terrain, but some of the terrain may be muddy and uneven so please wear suitable footwear.
Walks are a great way to meet new people, stay active and explore your local area. It is also a great way to relieve stress and benefit your health, and is ideal for individuals of all ages and fitness levels.
A health walk is a free, regular, easily accessible walk which encourages a brisk pace and is run by a trained leader.

For more information about the South Petherton walk, please contact Angie Kinsey (walk leader and health coach) on 01460 240 707; or for information on other walks on offer in South Somerset, please visit:

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Comments from We Love Somerset - "Take a look around South Petherton. We have to say that South Petherton has to be the friendliest village in Somerset by far. We were overwhelmed by the number of people who saw us out with a camera and would just stop and chat to recommend places to photograph and video"