Martock Neighbourhood Plan - Natural environment



Ringwell viewLooking North across the village from Ringwell Hill. Little can be seen of the village other than the church as it sits in the bottom of a shallow valley. The rising land around Foldhill Lane can be seen to the right and, in the distant haze in the centre, the Mendips

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Our Natural Environment

The countryside around Martock

Martock is on the edge of where the Yeovil Scarpland to the east joins the Levels to the west. A typical English village, it was built in the valley enclosed by a few hills and hugs the bottom of the valley between them. The houses were built close together with a church, a school and an inn in the centre. The hills rise typically to around 60m and most of the village is between 10 and 20m. It is divided by Hurst Brook which drains from the east down to the Levels.

The houses traditionally have had long thin gardens, many on the sides of the hills. These used to be plots for vegetables and chickens and further up the hillside were orchards with pigs and the family cow, all enclosed by ancient hedges, a few of which remain. Further out on level land there are the medieval communal strip fields, many of which can still be seen.

The larger farms were built mainly further up the hillsides and larger fields were created on the tops.

This pattern is clearly visible today. The higher land around Martock and Bower Hinton provides an important undeveloped edge to the settlement. This edge creates some fine views looking across the village, down into it, up from within it, and also looking down on the village from Ham Hill. What is often surprising about these views is how well hidden the 2000 or more houses that make up the village are.

All this is clearly described in detail in the Martock Peripheral Landscape Study which is described here and can be downloaded.

Help us with data collection

We need details of our natural environment. Please help us by telling us what you see when you walk the footpaths.

You can do this in three ways, either just by sending a photo from your smartphone or by using a map of your walk.

Find out how on the Martock Environment data page here.


The landscape around villages is protected from development under National Policy unless good reason is found for ignoring the policy.

We need a collection of photographs of views to show where the important landscape is. Send photographs to telling us where you took the photo. We want to publish a 'view map' of the village

Flooding and drainage.


Landscape Study

Download the Martock Peripheral Landscape Study here