New Hill, New Views   2 comments

After a cracking Xmas meal with my Bristol buddies, it was time to clear the head of hangover thoughts with a walk. I arranged to meet with THO and his faithful hound Mac to walk some new ground in the Mendips. On many a drive down to Devon and Cornwall I’d noted the large hill that overlooks the M5 as it drops down to the Somerset levels. Time to have a look. My first ever proper walk in the Mendips.


Parking up just south of Winscombe we headed up over Wavering down towards Crook Peak – the one that overlooks the M5.


The weather wasn’t quite as sunny as hoped but it was pleasant enough albeit with a bitingly cold wind.


Having never walked in the Mendips it was nice to see new hills and new different views. Across the Somerset Levels, Weston Super Mare, Steep Holm and South Wales.


Looking along the ridge to Crook Peak.


The rocky edge on Crook Peak where we stopped for a quick break.


A rather hungry hound.


Looking back to Wavering Down.


A walk down the ridge we stopped for a cuppa and lunch. Mac patiently waiting for his snack.


After a poke around the caves at the bottom of the hill we walked through the lovely village of Compton Bishop and past St Andrews Church, Saltire flying from the tower.


We noticed on the map, a spot marked Coral Cave. We ‘d given up looking when we spotted a manhole cover and lifted it discover a quite amazingly deep cavern in the hillside complete with bolts to abseil from. We were expecting a small and disappointing cave but this was a find – well to amateur cavers like us anyway.


A wander back through the fields and a quarry.


Before a cuppa in the van and someone enjoying a relax on my lap.


Hangover blown away, a fine walk, good company and new vistas. Ending November on a high.


Posted December 13, 2019 by surfnslide in Uncategorized

2 responses to “New Hill, New Views

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  1. Looks nice! Is it a County Top or something, or has THO started some other obscure bagging list?


    • It’s a very obvious hill right next to the M5 that I’ve driven past many times so seemed an obvious target for a post hangover walk. Obviously not as good as Farleton Fell with its birds eye view of Junction 36 of the M6 but you can’t have everything (where would you keep it?) 🙂

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