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Review of Burrow Mump

Burrow Mump
Ranked #1 of 30 things to do in Bridgwater
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Reviewed January 1, 2012

I was amazed to learn that this is a natural hill as, standing 24m high, it’s reminiscent of a burial mound. It’s really distinctive & looks all the more dramatic because of the flatness of the surrounding Somerset Levels.
The name sounds like something from the U.K. T.V. series, “Midsommer Murders”; apparently, both “Burrow” & “Mump” mean “hill”.
The car park is free & there is an information board near the entrance. There are no rest rooms of facilities but it’s not that far out of town.
The surrounding countryside is rich in a variety of plant, bird & animal life, including otters, foxes, badgers & deer. I would have loved to have seen any of the afore-mentioned but, they were hiding when we visited! We did sit & watch numerous rabbits, playing, in the fields below, though.
It was around 8.30pm & a slightly misty August evening. The panoramic views are spectacular, especially looking back towards Glastonbury Tor, appearing enigmatic & surreal, in the distance.
Burrow Mump has been connected with conflict for centuries, since the days of King Alfred, battling the Danes, at the end of the 9th Century, when it served as a natural defence outlook. However, archaeological surveys have shown some Roman materials plus 2 medieval pits & evidence of a 12th Century masonry building, on top of the hill. There was a mid-15th Century church too, dedicated to St. Michael; later this was a sanctuary for Royalist troops in 1642-45, during the Civil War. It was also occupied, by the King’s men, in the 1685 Monmouth Rebellion.
In 1793, the church was rebuilt with the West Tower; somewhere, within the current ruins, a lone soldier, from the Civil War is buried.
Like several other monuments & significant features in the surrounding area, it’s built on St. Michael’s ley-line (Earth’s natural, electromagnetic, energy lines) & this Grade 2 listed building now serves as a memorial to the 11,281 Somerset men who lost their lives in both World Wars.
I visited with friends & we were all very taken with the place ~ historically, atmospherically & for the views. We sat & watched the sunset from up there; highly recommended.

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Reviewed September 26, 2011

its on my cycle circuit, so i often go for a walk to the top to admire the view and eat a pasty or two bought from the superb bakery in the nearby village of othery. bakery is closed on sundays, and possibly monday too i cant remember. small carpark at the base, and at the top are the ruins of a church. fabulous 360' view of the levels, especially in winter when all the willows for miles around are covered in frost.

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