Parrett and Axe Parish Council

Welcome!  The Parrett and Axe Parish Council is made up of the two villages of South Perrott and Chedington, located in West Dorset close to the Somerset boundary, in an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Though small in size and population, the communities have a rich history (see Channel 4’s Time Team) and a vibrant present. The village halls host Yoga classes, a Gardening Club and short mat bowling, and social events such as Burns Night and the St George’s Day supper are held there. Open days in the villages raise money to support the halls and for the church (Beaminster Area Team Ministry), where locals keep alive the tradition of ringing the bells on Sundays.

With a mainline station only five minutes away, visiting South Perrott and Chedington couldn’t be easier. Here, the rich farmland and bountiful coastal waters supply local meat, fish and vegetables that are a joy, both to cook and to eat. It is no surprise that nationally known restaurants are located in the area including Hive Beach Cafe.

To the south of the villages, some twenty minutes away, the Jurassic Coast offers beaches, spectacular cliffs and a glimpse into our prehistory, while to the north the Somerset levels reveal mankind’s earliest attempts to claim back the land from flooding.

For hikers, the Parrett Trail starts between the two villages, at the river’s source. It is then way marked for some fifty miles to where it empties into the Bristol Channel. Other long distance trails in the area include the South West Coastal Path and the Wessex Ridgeway.

There is a range of accommodation in the parish including The Old Bakery and Church Hill Cottage. Both the pubs, The Coach and Horses in South Perrott and Winyard’s Gap in Chedington offer Bed and Breakfast as well as fine beers, live music, skittles and excellent ‘pub grub’.

So, there is just about something for everyone. Do join us!