We were lucky enough to be able to have a week away at the end of October in one of our favourite locations. We stayed at The Langbury at Blue Anchor (you might remember that we stayed in the B&B in March but this time we stayed in the self-catering Garden Lodge. We stayed here last October and loved it so much we booked a repeat visit this year (we have already booked again for next year too)!
We drove down to Somerset through heavy rain so it didn't look a promising start weather wise. We arrived at Dunster Beach to grey skies but by the time we drove around to Blue Anchor the sun had come out. We had our usual lovely welcome from Nigel and Paula at The Langbury (Paula's lemon drizzle cake is the best) and then we settled into the Lodge before walking down to the beach.
|Dunster Beach looking across to Blue Anchor and beyond|
|Blue Anchor looking back towards Minehead|
|Fishing is a popular occupation here in late afternoon/early evening|
|Blue Anchor beach looking east|
Sunday turned out to be a beautiful sunny day so we headed to Kilve to undertake a circular walk. Kilve is one of our all-time favourite places for walking, an idyllic spot. We started our walk by walking up onto the cliff path and along the top where you can look down on the amazing beach with its shale pavements.
|You can see the remains of an oil retort built when it was discovered that the shale found in the cliffs was rich in oil|
|View from the start of the cliff path looking east|
|I love the caption on this bench (it certainly is a wonderful world here)|
|Looking west to Minehead in the distance (you can see the strata that is embedded with fossils)|
|A great beach for rock pooling and finding fossils|
|We love walking along this cliff path towards Quantocks Head|
|A bit windswept but very happy to be back in one of my favourite places|
We then turned inland towards the village of East Quantoxhead.
|Looking inland with the Quantock Hills in the background|
|Looking back towards the coast|
|I love the rich red soil found in this part of the country|
|The village of East Quantoxhead, a picturesque little village|
|and onwards across the fields to Kilve village|
Having left the village of East Quantoxhead we walked through the fields to Kilve Village where we enjoyed a welcome drink in the Hood Arms before walking back along Sea Lane to The Chantry. The Chantry was founded in 1329 when a brotherhood of five monks were employed there but fell into a ruin long before the dissolution of the monasteries although the building stayed in use for many years, possibly by smugglers, until a fire in 1848 caused by an attempt to destroy evidence of contraband brandy. It now houses a delightful outdoor tearoom where we enjoyed some lovely cheese and pickle sandwiches.
|Lovely roses climbing up the old walls of The Chantry|
|This is now a Grade II listed building and a scheduled ancient monument listed on the Heritage at Risk register|
|We enjoyed watching the birds flitting in and out of gaps in the old stonework|
This was a most enjoyable walk that we found in a book loaned to us by Paula and Nigel.
On Monday we drove to Horner for a walk in the woods. A lovely area, however the path is not the easiest, the surface is very stony and uneven so you really have to watch where you are placing your feet to avoid twisting your ankles. The Autumn colours were spectacular though as we gradually climbed up beside Horner Water as it tumbled down over its rock bed.
We enjoyed spotting dippers and grey wagtails hopping from rock to rock in the river although they didn't stay still long enough for me to get a photo of them. I enjoyed the walk despite the unevenness of the path, my DH less so!
Tuesday dawned dull and misty. I went for an early morning walk on the beach where North Hill in Minehead was only just visible through the murk.
By the time we reached Minehead the rain had lessened so after lunch we had time for a walk on the beach before catching the train back.
|The top of North Hill obscured by the cloud|
|The lovely Driftwood, they serve excellent coffee|
|Loving the colours on my Autumn throw|
Once DH had returned we drove to Washford where we enjoyed a superb meal in the White Horse, we would definitely be returning here later in the week.
Part two of our Somerset break will be following shortly.