In the heart of God,
in the heart of the countryside

Welcome to the website for the Bishops Lydeard Benefice

Thanks for dropping by.

Please click in the Calendar link above for details of all events and services in the benefice.

New to the area? Visiting? We welcome you to the benefice.

The FIVE parishes at the gateway to the Quantocks are Bishops Lydeard, West Bagborough, Cothelstone, Lydeard St Lawrence and Combe Florey. The benefice is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Somerset at the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, tucked under the south-western edge of the Quantock Hills. The Exmoor National Park is a few miles to the west and the north Somerset coast has its own rugged beauty. The area is a favourite with holiday-makers whether they are sun-seekers, fossil hunters or walkers, and the terminus of the West Somerset Railway at Bishops Lydeard is a mecca for railway enthusiasts. If you are a visitor please do make our churches your spiritual home during your stay.

Churches in the Benefice are open for community worship. To see details of services across the Benefice please click on the Calendar link above.

All our churches are open for private prayer. We warmly invite you drop in to be nurtured by the peace and holiness of these beautiful places of worship. Please click here to see opening hours for individual churches.

Aerial photograph of Combe Florey used by kind permission of Robin Cleverley