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The local area guide to living in Highbridge

The county of Somerset is home to some of the most desirable market towns in the UK and Highbridge, though small, is no different. It’s a stone’s throw away from the River Brue, and around 20 miles from Burnham-On-Sea and Bridgwater Bay – a popular place to visit and enjoy the picturesque coast.

Over to the east lies Glastonbury, just a thirty-minute drive away. And, if nature is what you live for then you’re very much in luck. Mendips Hills, a National Trust site, is popular for bird watching, walking, cycling, rock climbing and even abseiling. It is also only 30 minutes away.

Across Somerset, there are many farmers’ markets and wonderful places to discover like Wookey Hole. Here, some of the finest local cheese is left to mature in a series of limestone caverns that are also open to exploration.

Information about the local residents

In the last count in 2011, Highbridge’s population was cited at 7,555 people. Most people live in a house or bungalow, and they frequently own it outright or are paying a mortgage.

It’s very common to have a car, sometimes several – it’s the main method used for commuting. The majority of people work full-time and a large proportion of the population are retired. Professions cross a wide-variety of industries – from education, healthcare, and the retail and wholesale trade, to manufacturing, media, and construction.

Nearby schools

Highbridge and its surrounding towns boast a huge choice of highly commended schools. There are numerous state primaries to choose from, including the local option of Churchfield Church School, and in Burnham-On-Sea, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary and St Andrew’s Church of England Junior School. Both are only 5 minutes away. Better still, all of these schools also teach secondary students, so it’s easy for local children to make a seamless transition into further education.

If independent schools are the preferred option, a bit of a longer commute is needed. Ashbrooke House School in Weston-Super-Mare, Sidcot School in Winscombe, and Wells Cathedral School are all within approximately 30 minutes from Highbridge.

Getting around

Somerset, including Highbridge, is very well connected thanks to a reliable network of public buses. Ease of getting around is important to the local residents as there’s so much to see and do.

The nearest rail station to Highbridge is Highbridge & Burnham, which is very close to the town centre and on the edge of the River Brue. Regular services run to places including Weston-Super-Mare, Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads. You can’t go wrong with a car for getting around either. It’s certainly the transport of choice for most locals for work, as well as for social occasions.

The closest airport is indisputably Bristol – just half an hour’s drive away. From here you can just as easily hop on a flight up to Edinburgh as you can to Amsterdam, London and much further afield.

Local shops

With a local supermarket, pharmacy, pet shop, post office, a number of home stores and many convenience stores, you won’t be short for groceries and other essentials. In case you need it, simply want to dream or are tempted, there’s also an Aga shop! A few charming craft and clothing boutiques are always worth popping into to find something unusual.

In nearby Highbridge & Burnham On Sea, you’ll find another supermarket, a bakery, and fishing shops. Many of the close by towns in Somerset have regular farmers’ markets too, so it’s very easy to source local, quality groceries and gifts.

Slightly further afield, you’ll find Bristol and Bath. Both cities have everything you could ask for and more, from well-known shops, to thriving café scenes, spas and endless culture and entertainment.

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