About Us

About

The Duck

Take The Tour

Have a sneaky peak at The Duck before you come and visit us.  

Just click the play button on the video opposite to start.

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Photos by Matt Greenwell (www.fb.com/MattGreenwellMedia)

Our History

The Duck is the third reincarnation of a pub on this site and it all began in 1856 with the railways.  The first pub, The Railway Hotel, was built next to the new Edington Road railway station to service the needs of rail workers and travellers.  Much closer to Burtle than Edington it was later renamed the Edington Burtle station.  The railway was an important part of local life for almost 100 years when, in 1966, the station fell foul of the Beecham Axe and was closed, along with hundreds of others across the country. The Hotel then merged with the station buildings to form a larger pub and was affectionately renamed The Tom Mogg Inn, after the last station master.  The pub became a very popular drinking hole, despite it's remote location and attracted customers from around the locality and further afield.  Jump forward another 50 years and the pub had fallen into disrepair.  However, all was not lost and under new ownership and a stylish country contemporary refurbishment, The Duck was hatched!  The old Tom Mogg sign hangs in the new function venue as a nod to our former past and we are now again a proud part of village life.

For more information about the history of Burtle and current village activities visit the website www.burtlevillage.co.uk

Our Location

Although we may seem in the picturesque middle of nowhere, we are in fact located only 10 mins from the M5 (Bridgwater or Burnham Junctions) offering easy access from Bristol, Taunton and further afield and are just a leisurely drive from Glastonbury, Street, Wells, Shepton Mallet and other local towns and villages.

We are very lucky at The Duck as our small village of Burtle forms part of the internationally important Somerset Levels and Moors.  These stretch from the clay-based coastal plains of the Severn Estuary, across the peat-based Avalon Marshes to the foot of the Mendip and Blackdown Hills.  Burtle lies at the western end, in the area known as the Avalon Marshes. Most of the area is low lying and over the millennia the marshy land gradually built up a layer of peat over a substrate of clay, interspersed were sandy banks or burtles, hence the name of the village, which are slightly higher than the surrounding land and more suited to settlement.  The peat has now widely been removed, formerly for burning and more recently for horticulture. Much of the rest of the area is farmland, with dairy and beef cattle and sheep.

 

Noah's lake at Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve

High View of The Somerset Levels

 

Starlings at Dusk

Old Church Ruin On A Hill Landscape.

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Things to

See & Do

Nature lovers - You are blessed with the huge amount of wildlife, reserves and beautiful countryside on the Levels.  The wetlands and marshes are a world renowned bird watchers paradise.  Of particular interest are the Starling murmurations which form huge moving clouds in the sky.  Otters, minks and stoats can also be spotted if you are lucky.  Take a visit to some of the local reserves such as Catcott where you can enjoy stunning views across the marshes to Somerset’s iconic Glastonbury Tor.  As well as Avalon MarshesRSPB Ham Wall Reserve and RSPB West Sedgemoor Reserve.  There's coastal, cliff and canal paths; wooded, wilderness and wild flower walks and circular, long distance, and themed trails all located on our doorstep.  Have a look at the Somerset Wildlife Trust website for a whole range of activities.

Heritage Fans - Travelling a little further afield but still within easy reach of The Duck is the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath and the medieval City of Wells, the smallest city in the UK.  There are also some great National Trust places to visit such as Montacute House, a masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance and Barrington Court, an atmospheric fragment of old Somerset.

Walkers - You'll find amazing walks on Exmoor National Park about an hours drive away and closer to home are the Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB's) the BlackdownMendip and Quantock Hills.

Cyclists - The flat landscape of the Avalon Marshes is perfect for cyclists with quiet lanes, droves and cycle paths. Route 3 of the National Cycle Network runs through the Avalon Marshes connecting Glastonbury, Wells and Bridgwater, and nearby Route 33 provides a link with Highbridge Station.

Family Fun - There are plenty of attractions in Somerset for the whole family to enjoy.  Nearby Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole are always popular.  A couple of good websites to look at for what to do are Kids Days Out and Visit Somerset.

Where To Stay

An associated property with The Duck, is the beautiful Butcombe Farm located in the Chew Valley, about a 30 min drive from us.  It is well worth the effort as this place is really special.  There are a range of quality holiday cottages and a large old 14th Century farmhouse for rent.  Plus there's a swimming pool, two hot tubs and the surrounding countryside is breathtaking.

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