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Portishead to Hewish

Saturday 29th August 2015

This was our second instalment in a long-distance walk following the Somerset Coast Path, from Bristol, south and then west to the North Devon border at Lynmouth.

As there is no actual coastal route between Clevedon and Weston-super-Mare, this is a troublesome stretch for many and, having both read the accounts of other bloggers and coastal walkers passing through here; we were lacking in optimism for what obstructions and obtrusions may lie in wait ahead of us.

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Bristol to Portishead (Part 2)

Continuing on from Part 1, where we’d reached Ham Green via the Avon Cycleway.

Still following the guide within Damian Hall’s Somerset Coast Path.

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Prior’s Wood Walk

Thursday 28th May 2015

It was two-weeks ago to this day. This very evening, I headed out for a rare post-work walk in the hopes of capturing many bluebells with my camera, with summer looming only a matter of days ahead.

Prior’s Wood in Portbury, North Somerset, is regarded as one of the best sites in the country to spot carpets of bluebell flowers in the heights of the spring season. Two-years ago, I first embarked on this walk under the leadership of the Ramblers. This time, it was only me.

I just had to hope that I wasn’t going to arrive too late.

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Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

How was your Easter weekend? If you were also in Britain at the time then you’d have been blessed with an opportunity to enjoy the glorious sunshine that almost dominated the extended weekend.

I’m pleased to say that I was active almost every day (everyone needs a rest day). This has by far been the busiest Easter weekend of my adult life. It all began with a trip to the local zoo…

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The Gordano Valley

Another walk from Geoff Mullett’s Walk West series, this one took place in November, a couple of weeks after the house move.

We begin by crossing moorland.

Gordano‘, to me, has always been an incandescent space between Clevedon and Portishead. I’ve never had a reason to stop by there before. It’s not a decision I can ever recall having contemplated. Before this walk, I was unaware of what it has to offer.

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Prior’s Wood

There are a lot of little things that I’d like to update you on but, first of all, I’d like to share with you a little evening walk I went on with the group last Wednesday evening. These evening walks only occur in the summer months (for obvious reasons) and I didn’t honestly think I’d have the energy left, after nine or ten hours at work (not to mention the early starts). But I’d booked Wednesday off in order to get my van serviced (apparently, the wheel bearing had fallen off and I was very lucky that the wheel hadn’t done the same) so, I didn’t really have much of any excuse not to go. I was worried about turning up to find a small selection of people I didn’t know (which did happen) but even the weather was against me – it was sunny!

It all started in the village of Portbury, North Somerset. A stone’s throw from Junction 19 of the M5 motorway

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