Secret Picnic Hotspot, Sunny Nunney
Welcome to Sunny Nunney
The English Countryside is full of beautiful villages which provide the inspiration for many a poet, artist, photographer, tourist, rambler and day tripper from the cities. These villages also form the backdrop and inspiration to many of our 'secret picnic' Treasure Trail locations. Although they are less obvious places to visit, they are no less enjoyable than our more popular hotspots.
Nunney is no exception to this; a beautiful, sleepy village set amongst the Mendips and close to the more vibrant, Artisan market town of Frome in Somerset.
At the heart of the village are Nunney Castle ruins, complete with moat, which date back to 1373 when John de la Mare built the castle under royal license. This 14th Century Knight was hoping to gain favour within Royal Circles and it has been suggested that the castle was built to improve his circle of influence.
The castle is looked after and maintained by English Heritage, and entry is free. It is a perfect place for a little quiet fishing and perhaps a family picnic before or after your Treasure Trail experience.
Although the castle was extensively modernised in the late 16th Century, some parts suffered significant gun damage during the civil war. Despite this damage to the main tower, it wasn't until 1910 that the tower finally collapsed.
Overlooking the castle is All Saints Church, separated from it by the quiet dusty high street. The church dates back to the 12th Century.
The village and immediate area offers a wonderful setting for one of our 'secret picnic' Treasure Hunt locations. As you explore and discover this ancient village surrounded by delightful English Countryside, you might want to remember to take some food for the ducks!
We'll be bringing you more 'secret picnic' locations as we approach the summer, so keep following and let us know your own 'hotspots' by leaving a comment below.
Author: Dave Gill, Treasure Trails Wessex.