There has been a lot of attention to the Somerset Levels of late. Well, not all of Somerset is flat, and below sea level. Last Thursday, we set off on one of our fairly regular walks with our good friends Annie and Roy. We normally try to follow the weather and the forecast suggested that there would be more sunshine on the north coast, than there would be on the coast of Dorset, so the decision was taken to drive to Porlock Weir and do what was described as a 6 mile circular walk, with some steep inclines. We started with a quick snack in the pub, and then set out for Culbone Church, which I’ll cover in another post. After that, we decided that we had enough car parking time to complete the circuit so off we went, climbing nearly continuously. Thankfully, there wasn’t quite as much sunshine as forecast and the weather was very pleasant for walking. The sun did shine for this panorama, which was taken from Culbone Hill, at an altitude of about 1250 ft. Our walk peaked out at just over 1300 ft before we started to descend.
The panorama is an accumulation of 9 images, stitched in Photoshop. As always, a blog post can’t really do justice to a panorama, but with enlargement, the coast of Wales can be seen very clearly. One feature of this walk was that we saw a truly huge number of sheep with very young lambs, some of which I am sure were new born on that day. The field on the right is full of sheep without lambs. Although not visible without enlargement, the fields in the centre, and further down, were where the ewes with their lambs were.
When we arrived back at Porlock Weir, we decided that this hike was probably enough for a couple of septuagenarians and their wives. The muscles were certainly aching. Maybe I should return to walking the Somerset Levels. 🙂
I’ll try to post about Culbone Church soon, so please keep a look out.