Somerset has some very interesting villages and towns with open churches. One such village has been Nether Stowey where Coleridge (one of the Romantic poets) lived for about three years while he wrote the Ancient Mariner and Khubla Khan. One of the pubs is called ‘The ancient Mariner’ and has a shot albatross as its signboard. The village also boasts a village gaol used now as a bus shelter, a motte and bailey castle, a medieval long house and a very attractive clock tower.
More famous is Glastonbury through which we passed this week. We ascended Wearyall Hill (not really very high) where the famous thorn bush is planted (see the tale of this in Tales) and the Tor itself which saw a sunrise service on Easter Day. On the Tor we met a group of people from Newbiggin and found we knew people in common!
Another town, Street, the home of Clark’s shoes, has a working cider farm (Heck’s). They make award winning cider (most acceptable) and perry (even more acceptable). For details about the farm see the tales!
Wells cathedral was a most apt place for us to top 281 miles making only 999 to go. We have now done more than a fifth of our route.Thanks to Alistair who took the picture.
Wells is the smallest of England’s cities and struck us as being like York but smaller and less busy. The cathedral was stunning and the verger signed our piece of paper to help us prove we have actually done the walk.
A real surprise for us was Camerton and its industrial heritage. There were coal mines in the area and the village have done a very good display of its industrial heritage for visitors to see. The last mine in the area was closed only 40 years ago, but the slag heaps are now covering nicely with trees.
Scrabble: Nancy 2 John 2
Trig Points 0
Kissing Gates 63
En route donations £
Somerset cider 1 bottle
Cheddar cheese 250 g
Slag heaps 3