Where the cider apples grow!

John in Gaol

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.

Glastonbury Thorn Tree
Faces from newbiggin

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.

Just under 1000 to go

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.

Week Statistics

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

One thought on “Where the cider apples grow!”

  1. It was amazing to see the folk from Newbiggin soon after i read the Cyclist’s tale by Peter Main!!
    It is great to read your tales and blog and to know that you are having such a good time.
    May the wind be always at your back and your feet remain fit and strong and the joy of the Lord be your strength
    Love and prayers from Joan

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