GLASTONBURY TOR

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This iconic and luring landmark that watches over Glastonbury town has magnificent views of the Somerset Levels, Dorset, Wiltshire and Wales…on a clear day you can see the site of Glastonbury festival and the North Somerset coastline..

Steeped in history and legend, excavations at the top of the Tor have revealed the plans of two superimposed churches of St Michael, of which only a 15th-century tower remains.

Glastonbury Tor is known as being one of the most spiritual sites in the country. Its pagan beliefs are still very much celebrated. It’s a beautiful place to walk and only take around 20 minutes to reach the top and is an idyllic place to watch the sun descend…

We’ve visited many times in all seasons… Head for Glastonbury town and you’ll find ample parking, the Tor itself is a free place to visit with ample outstanding natural beauty surrounding it…

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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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ASHTON WINDMILL

20140429-102928.jpgAshton windmill is a Tower mill in Chapel Allerton, Somerset, England. Its tower is over 7.5 metres (25 ft) high with stone walls that are 60 cm (2.0 ft) thick., it’s an idyllic and picturesque spot to stop for a picnic and is free to visit.
Location
Grid reference: ST 414 503
OS sheet: 182
Postcode: BS26 2PP
Mill is signposted off A38 between Lower Weare and Wedmore.
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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…