STEMBRIDGE TOWER WINDMILL

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We found a mouse!! Where? There on the stair…..

We enjoyed a picnic at the foot of one of the last remaining Thatched windmills in the U.K, Owned by The National Trust this was a truly beautiful place to enjoy our tea, it seemed fitting to eat Edam cheese…
This was a stop off as part of our exploration of Somerset and was free.

Location
Grid reference: ST 433 304
OS sheet: 182
Postcode: TA10 9DJ
Turn north off B3153, 2 miles from Langport, follow signs for High Ham. Turn right opposite cemetery in village. Mill is ½ mile east of village.
The outside of the windmill is open to view at any time.

Here’s how we got on..

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This truly was a magical and picturesque place to stop off for a picnic… And it was free!!!

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BREAN DOWN EXPLORATION.

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We headed out to Brean Down on the Somerset coast line. The down is 1.5 miles long and 100m above sea level at its highest point and nestled between two beautiful beaches, Weston Super Mare and Brean Sands.
Our adventure was to walk to the end of the Down to visit Brean Fort, built in 1870 as part of a chain of Forts along the Bristol Channel to protect against the French invasion. The Fort is steeped in history and the the kids loved exploring it’s well intact remains including the site of a Roman Temple, an Iron Age hill fort and WW2 machine gun emplacement point.
Best of all… It’s free to explore!!
We visited at the end of May and the Down was carpeted in Bluebells and seemed to be a haven for caterpillars and birds.

Our starting was the National Trust carpark (£2 parking and cafe/shop/toilet facilities) overlooking Brean sands beach,
Brean Down Road
Burnham-on-Sea
TA8
England

Our walk took us a leisurely 2.5 hours, here’s how we got on ….

We started in the car park and headed up the steps to the top of the Down…

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After a steep climb we stopped to look back at the view..

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We came across a WW2 machine emplacement..

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We discover the Down carpeted in Bluebells..

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and we headed off to the furthest point out to sea in search of the Fort…

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We took time to look back at the view back over Somerset.

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The flowers were beautiful..

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It was an ideal place for a bug hunt..

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We then found the thought and explored..

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There were lots of nooks and crannies to explore..

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Or just to sit and contemplate..

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We then discovered the remains of the search light tower at the very tip of the down..

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We scrambled across the rocks for a closer look..

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We climbed up into the search light tower and looked back at where we had came from.

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After eating our picnic we headed back across the Brean..

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Our walk was a beautiful one and full of exciting places to discover and explore, we finished our walk where we had started and bought ice creams from the shop and played on the beach..we will most certainly be revisiting this gorgeous spot to spend more time there…

SKIRRID FAWR MOUNTAIN SUNSET WALK.

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Skirrid Fawr is a beautiful mountain based in Abergavenny, Mid Wales, it has with stunning 360 views, it’s a real treat for little effort and manageable for the smallest of legs. It’s an ideal walk to watch he sun rise or descend. The woodlands surrounding it are carpeted with flowers.
From the car park we followed the gravel track that took a sharp right bend, we continued along this path and entered the woodland by the stile at the top of track. Follow the obvious path uphill until you reach a wooden gate at the top of the woodland, here you’ll find a bench beneath a huge oak tree, we followed the path to the right and climbed the path, sometimes quite steep, through the woods and all the way to the top.
There are a few different approaches on the way up, we took the most direct and marked route. Can get very muddy in poor weather and a little windy and cold on the top especially as the sun goes down.
Walking boots should ideally be worn as the walk can be a little rocky underfoot but we were fine in wellingtons. Always wear clothing that reflects the weather and even if the sun is shine remember to take some warm clothing in your rucksack as the weather can quickly change on the top. Be sensible, simple common sense is an ideal thing to take with you when walking. Always let someone know where you are going even if it’s through a simple Facebook post. Love the outdoors and always take your litter home.
The route was approx 4 miles from start to finish.
By car: A465 Hereford road bypassing Abergavenny Lef turn onto the B4521 old Monmouth road, car park is 1.5 miles (2.4km) on left (looks like a layby) grid ref: SO328164

We headed up to watch the sun set with cake in tow….

Here’s how we got on.

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ABANDONED LIGHTHOUSE ADVENTURE

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Whiteford Lighthouse and Cwm Ivy Tor are located on the coast at Whiteford Point near Whiteford Sands, on the Gower peninsula, south Wales. The lighthouse is the only remaining cast iron lighthouse surrounded by the sea in the United Kingdom. It was built in 1865. The tower is 61ft high and made up of eight courses of cast iron plates. The light was extinguished in 1921. When the tide is out you are able to walk up to and around the lighthouse. It’s strangely beautiful.

To get there by car: B4295 to Llanrhidian, then C road to Llanmadoc. Continue through the village till you get to Cwm Ivy. A private car park with an honesty box is on the right hand side of the road, once parked head down the hill and through the National Trust gate towards Cwm Ivy Tor. You will come to Burrows cottage on your right nestled in a tall treed forest, head on the path through here and onto the sand dunes beach, you will see the lighthouse in the distance to the right.

Our walk took around 3 hours, beach combing and playing along the way, we found bottled treasure and roman coins which I planted secretly along the route.

Here’s how we got on.

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It was windy and the girls flew their scarves..

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We found lobster pots and shells..

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We found awesome worm holes..

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The lighthouse was in the distance..

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We stumbled over shipwreck remains..

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We explored the shipwreck and then headed towards the lighthouse

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The closer we got the more impressive it looked..

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When we got closer we discovered the tide had came in around the base of the light house..

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As we were about to leave the lighthouse the girls discovered a bottle of treasure!!!

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We scooped up the treasure and headed back with the tide chasing us..

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Beach combing as we went..

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The girls found some gold coins!! (Roman coins I had bought in a castle gift shop for 20p each & secretly placed)

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We explored the dunes and looked at the way he wind was uncovering buried things..

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Noah played his crab pot drum 🙂

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Then we headed back up over the path through the dunes and the forest to return to the car, we looked at exposed tree roots on the way..

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We got back to the car ands enjoyed our flask of tea and yummy biscuits…
It certainly blew the cobwebs away and we collected lots of beach combed treasures….

BUTTERFLY HUNTING

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We decided to embark on our own butterfly hunt, we made butterflies to lay along our route & gathered up our nets, magnifying glass and a book to identify our discoveries. Our hunt took place at the beautiful Heddons Mouth in Devon, a beautiful walk through a wooded valley to an idyllic picturesque beach cove. I even managed to buy some chocolate butterflies and bugs at the National Trust shop at the beginning of our walk to have as a surprise once we got to the beach..
Here’s how we got on…

We started by making our butterflies which I would then secretly place in the bushes along our route..>

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With our nets in hand we set off..>

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I hid our butterflies along the way..>

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and the kids found them..>

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along with lots of real butterflies..>

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20140330-112904.jpg we even caught some in our bug observatories to get a closer look..>

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We carried on the marked route and made our way down to the beach..>

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It was a beautiful pebble beach..

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And once we arrived I carefully placed our yummy chocolate treats whilst the kids carried on with their search..
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They soon discovered the chocolate butterflies!!>

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As we headed back through the woods we looked out for signs of butterflies and found evidence of hungry caterpillers..>

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Finally we collected leaves, petals and twigs to make our own beautiful butterfly!!>

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