Local Leisure Activities

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Swimming Pools

The nearby town of Wiveliscombe has an outdoor pool, with indoor pools a

few miles further away at Taunton, and  Wellington,

https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/taunton-deane/taunton-pool/timetable

and Tiverton.

http://middevonleisure.com/pool-timetables/  


Steam Railway

For people who would like a taste of transport from years gone by, The West Somerset Railway's steam trains provide an excellent day out, you can travel from Bishops Lydeard near Taunton to the coastal resort of Minehead,  passing by some stunning scenery across the Quantock hills.                                

 

http://www.westsomersetrailway.vticket.co.uk


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Gardens

The county has more than its fair share of beautiful gardens to visit, some of the nearest being at Hestercombe near Taunton, Knightshayes NT garden at Bolham, and Cothay Manor  at Wellington.

Details of these and other gardens in the area can be found on the TIC website 

http://www.visitourgardens.co.uk

Rosemoor, Great Torrington, is an excellent RHS garden.

https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/rosemoor



Within our own parish:

The Old Railway Station gardens at Venn Cross are lovely. They have occasional open days, details on the NGS website.

http://www.ngs.org.uk/


Taunton Canal

The Bridgwater to Taunton Canal is worth a visit. Canal boats can be hired on a daily or weekly basis, and organised boat trips are also available. It is possible to hire bicycles to cycle along the canal paths.

http://www.somersetrivers.org/index.php?module=Content&func=view&pid=73

Tiverton Canal

There are great days to be had on the Tiverton Canal, from horse-drawn barge rides, to walking or cycling the towpath, or hiring rowing boats.

                                                                      http://www.tivertoncanal.co.uk/


Golf

There are plenty of very good golf courses just a short journey from Waterrow.

Taunton, Pickeridge:    http://www.tauntongolf.co.uk/

Taunton Vivary Park:  https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/taunton-deane/vivary-golf-course/memberships

Tiverton:      http://www.tivertongolfclub.co.uk/

Oake Manor:   http://www.oakemanor.com/

Minehead;     http://www.mineheadgolf.co.uk/


Cycling

The steep hills that ramblers love are also an attraction to cyclists, many of whom travel from overseas to enjoy the stunning scenery.

http://www.sustrans.org.uk/

The Tarka Trail. 

Safe cycling on dedicated cycle paths along a beautiful old railway.

Through tunnels and over a viaduct, along the river...stunning!

http://www.devon.gov.uk/tarkatrail


Ramblers

Somerset is a beautiful and challenging county for ramblers. Waterrow is located near to the boundary of Exmoor National Park, and is also close to the Brendon and Quantock Hills. An excellent guide book is "Circular Exmoor Walks" (ISBN NO.      1 899183507)

There are many excellent circular walks through or near Waterrow.

Wiveliscombe Parish Council have produced a book of interesting circular walks in this local area. Copies can be obtained from the Community Office in Wiveliscombe Town Centre.

The Jarrold/OS Pathfinder series are also very helpful books for walking

and exploring a wider area.


Table Tennis

There is a table-tennis table in the village hall.

This can be hired when the hall is free.

Contact liz@kilbride.org.uk   01984623431

There is a Table Tennis First Division team that plays at the hall most Mondays.Dennis Buckingham is the captain of the team. His number is 01984 623253.David Woodland is 01823 400250 or email; david.woodland@itv.com

Our club night is Monday night. starting at 7.30pm, but we are usually only there if we are playing at home. The hall is booked by others on the first Monday of each month. The season lasts from September to April but the facility is there throughout the year. We would welcome other players of any standard. We have two tables.


The team was formed some time ago and its origins are lost in the mists of time but Dennis, who is 109 (almost!) tells me he's been playing since 1981.
We have won the West Somerset League First Division for the past four years - but have our work cut out this year!
Most of our rival teams are based in Minehead. But there are others in Bampton, Bishops Lydeard and Stogumber. We play other teams in the second division when we take part in the handicap cup.


Tennis Club

Wiveliscombe has a tennis club.   

It is situated in the Top corner of the Recreation Ground at Wiveliscombe.

http://www.wiveytennisclub.org.uk


Fishing

Anglers have a choice of fly or coarse fishing nearby, including Wimbleball Lake, Clatworthy Reservoir, Oxenleaze Farm at Chipstable and Langford Lakes at Langford Budville.

http://www.swlakestrust.org.uk/home


Shopping

For people who prefer to spend their leisure time participating in a spot of "retail therapy"  Taunton, Tiverton and Exeter have excellent shopping  facilities. A visit to Clarks Village (near Street and Glastonbury) provides a chance to buy directly from various manufacturers factory outlet shops.


Further information about leisure and sports facilities can be found on these websites.   

 http://www.celebratingsomerset.com   

Taunton Tourist Information Centre,

Paul Street,

Taunton,

Somerset TA1 3PF

Telephone  01823 336344

email  TAUTIC@ somerset.gov.uk


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