What a morning! What a walk!

A perfect late September morning in England is a thing of absolute beauty, and that’s what we had today in Clevedon. I went for a walk before breakfast, and went further than I expected to, as it was too difficult to stop!

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First photo shows the view across the little park in Jesmond Road… Most views of the coast show the headlands further down the North Somerset coast, and you can often see the islands of Flat Holm and Steep Holm, as well as the distant North Devon coast. And of course Wales across the Bristol channel. The view is the reward for a fairly steep climb up the hill!

Then I carried on to Hill Road, and walked up the Zig-Zag to see the various views accessible from there. You get Zig-Zag paths in many hilly towns, but ours in Clevedon is quite well hidden, as the entries from Hill Road aren’t sign-posted. So here are the views:

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Looking down the coast…

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… and looking across the town towards the distant hills. At least some of the hills shown are the Mendips.

Then I walked down Kings Road and Cambridge Road, past The Avenue….

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… onto Wellington Terrace back towards…

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… the sea front and …

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… The Pier.

I was planning to walk home from the sea front, but the day was so pretty I finished off by walking around Poet’s Walk. No ravens or peregrine falcons today, but plenty of other birds, including a heron looking hopefully at the puddles in the Marine Lake.

Here’s the view as you reach the brow of the hill…

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Gorgeous!

I’ve tried to work out the distance and I think it’s about 3.5 miles. The route includes some fairly steep hills, so it was quite good exercise. But more importantly it was a total pleasure – just as good exercise should be!

[Have you read my book yet? A beginners guide to walking for pleasure, available on Kindle!]

And life goes on ….

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… as it always does.

We have spent a lot of time on the motorway recently, heading back and forth between Bristol and Hertfordshire for family reasons, and we have been seeing an English late winter/early spring at its best.  We are lucky to be able to pick our moments to travel, as we don’t work full time, so have been able to enjoy the beautiful rolling hills and woodlands through Wiltshire and Berkshire rather than focusing on the traffic.  Salisbury Plain and the Berkshire downs are absolutely beautiful at any time, but when the sun is low in the sky the quality of light and the texture added by the long shadows is fantastic.  The trees were looking marvellously architectural, as the deciduous tress are just getting ready for the buds to burst and the new leaf to emerge.  There’s that lovely colour to the basically grey/brown bark as the sap rises, so even bare branches have a flush of colour.

Spring flowers everywhere too and, relatively speaking, a lot of butterflies around.  Nothing like the old days, of course, when butterflies were everywhere, but lovely to see none the less.  They have been brought out by the warmth, and here’s hoping we don;t get too much cold weather now.  Everyone is in need of some warmth.

I’m looking forward to exploring Bristol and Somerset more this year.  We have lived in the area for 18 months-ish and having not known the area before have really only scratched the surface with how much there is to see and do.  I have to say that I have found Twitter really useful for finding out what is going on, and that has surprised me.  I thought I would just use it for business, and letting people know about our website, but I have found out about lots of restaurants and paces to go – so good old Twitter!  And good old Bristol. I’ll let you know when I have been somewhere great.  Or perhaps I’ll see you there!

Have a great year – and enjoy the place where you live.