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Fyne Court

Orienteering: permanent course

Last edited: Wed 22 Jul 2020

As we come out of lockdown, this permanent course is now open again for individuals and family groups.

A few years ago, Quantock Orienteers and the National Trust teamed up to create a permanent orienteering course at Fyne Court near Taunton. It is a lovely area with a wide variety of habitats to explore.

Some of the lovely woodland at Fyne Court.

Some of the lovely woodland at Fyne Court.
Credit: Jim P

  • Orienteering is a workout for body and mind. It gets you out into the fresh air and takes you off the beaten track.
  • Suitable for individuals or families, it is perfect as a socially-distanced activity.

What to Do

  • First off, download the map. You can get it free here.
  • Next, print it out (or if you don't have a printer, save it onto your 'phone). I'd recommend printing on waterproof paper or putting it into a polypocket.
  • Familiarise yourself with the key - if you've not used an orienteering map before, the hardest thing to get used to is woodland being white.
  • Get to the start. Directions to Fyne Court are below, and once there, the start is a post in the courtyard of the main building cluster.
  • Run/jog/walk your chosen course. There are long and short options as shown on the map.
  • At each control post, note down the character shown (there is a box on the map for this). No need to touch anything.
  • The finish is back at the start.


Getting There

Exit M5 at J25. Follow signs to Taunton but take 3rd exit at Wicks roundabout onto A358. At next roundabout take 1st exit onto A358. Continue forward, following Kingston Rd staying in the right hand lane. Continue forward to Kingston St Mary, go through the village and continue onto Buncombe Hill, following signs for Broomfield. At crossroads turn right and then immediately right again. Continue forward approx 1 mile turning left at T-junction into Broomfield. Fyne Court is approx 100m on left.

Broomfield, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA5 2EQ

Please check out the National Trust's Fyne Court page for latest opening times, and details on their social distancing advice.

Social Distancing

  • Do not go if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Wash your hands throughly before going out.
  • Park carefully, avoiding getting too close to others.
  • Please leave at least 2m between yourself and others not in your household. Remember that when running, you could be spreading virus further than when standing still, particularly in your wake.
  • If someone is already at a control, wait. You can pause your time if you want.
  • Overtake carefully. Perhaps wait for wide grassed areas instead of trying to do it on a narrow path.
  • Be respectful to other users who may be there for a gentle walk or sit down.
  • Wash your hands as soon as possible afterwards.

in the open

in the open

Long Course Results

Date Name Club Time
17/6/2020 Ollie Rant QO 17:29
4/6/2020 Brian Pearson QO 21:39
14/1/2019 Alasdair Shaw QO 28:43
31/5/2020 Martha & Emily Macpherson QO 34:43
6/6/2020 Graham Pearson QO 37.54
20/7/2020 John Trayler QO 38:42
29/5/2020 Stephen Lysaczenko QO 51:55

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