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Westhay, Somerset.JPG
Northern end of Westhay
Westhay is located in Somerset
 Westhay shown within Somerset
OS grid reference ST435425
Civil parish Meare
District Mendip
Shire county Somerset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BA6
Dialling code 01458
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Devon and Somerset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Wells
List of places

Coordinates: 51°10′44″N 2°48′35″W / 51.1789°N 2.8096°W / 51.1789; -2.8096

Westhay is a village in Somerset, England. It is situated in the parish of Meare, 4 miles (6.4 km) north west of Glastonbury on the Somerset Levels, in the Mendip district.

The name means 'The west field that is enclosed by hedges' from the Old English west and haga. The 'g' in haga is silent.[1]

Westhay is a marshland village on the River Brue in typical Somerset rhyne country, standing on the site of pre-historic lake dwellings. The site of the lake-village is marked by groups of mounds. Nearby was the Peat Moors Centre which closed down in the autumn of 2009.

The village is close to Westhay Moor and Westhay Heath, which have both been designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Westhay is serviced by one pub, plus the post office and village store.

Peat gatherers at Westhay, somerset levels
Peat stacks and cutting at Westhay, somerset levels
Harvesting the peat at Westhay, somerset levels

Westhay is well known as the site of the Starling Roost featured on many TV wildlife programmes. The roost is in National wildlife reserves such as Westhay Moor, Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath. The area also contains one third of the UK breeding population of Bitterns.


  1. ^ Robinson, Stephen (1992). Somerset Place Names. Wimborne, Dorset: Dovecote Press. ISBN 1-874336-03-2.