18th April 2018
Weather: Sunshine! Warm, hot in sheltered spots. Windy in exposed places.
Spring arrived with a bang. Temperatures forecast in the C 20s. Enough to melt the chocolate on Mark B’s biscuits. Walking on fields and tracks mostly, with some superb panoramas across the Somerset Levels to the Devon Coast, Severn Estuary & South Wales. Limestone country, and a view towards Bristol and the Severn bridges in the evening. Joined by Mark B for the day from Wells to the Black Rock end of Cheddar gorge.
After a 9:05 rendezvous with Mark B on Cathedral green in Wells, setting off in the wrong direction, it wasn’t long before we were in green fields.
Looking back towards Wells and Glastonbury Tor prominent in the distance (and kept popping back into view until Cheddar gorge.)
Mark spotted a slow worm basking in the warm sun
and took this close up
Our route followed the West Mendip way along fields, track & short stretches of road
After a stop in Priddy for cold lime & soda, we examined this structure plonked on a large village green area
Explained by the attached plaque
There aren’t many photos of me. This one explains why the little boy was so surprised by my appearance
Just West of Westbury Beacon, at 260m on top of an escarpment: a superb 180 degree panorama across the Somerset levels to the South, Dorset Coast to West, Wales and Weston Super-Mare to North West. Hard to do the view justice here
Further along, from Draycott Sleights, a view down to Cheddar & it’s almost-circular reservoir.
After calling at a house for water (the day was warm enough to melt chocolate on Mark’s biscuits), a steep climb up the Eastern side of the Gorge. We had no view down into the Gorge. Before Black Rock, Mark headed back down a different path to get a bus from Cheddar.
A great day’s chat & company.
I carried on, seeing nothing of the Gorge, but straight into some classic limestone valleys.
Up onto Beacon Batch at 18:30
With panoramic views again, but this time blurred Westward by the low sun. Northward very easy to spot Bristol and the two Severn bridges. Less obvious in the photo maybe
Arrival Blagdon 19:20. A good split that should help me get to Bristol without a long day tomorrow.