As promised, normal service really has resumed. How can I be sure? I’m no longer falling asleep on the sofa after the least bit of exercise, my early hours wakeful thoughts turn to menu planning and I can’t wait to get out for a walk. Oh yes, and I spent the morning rearranging the furniture in our bedroom. The latter followed the discovery of a tumbleweed-sized fluff ball skittering across the floor. It called for a thorough clean; a weekly vacuum clean just wound pass muster.
With the country split in half weather-wise, luck has been on our side. We’ve enjoyed lots of sunshine over the last couple of days and what better way to enjoy blue skies than a walk on the West Somerset coast path. It’s an easy drive from home, pretty quiet at this time of year and, for the most part, the paths are good. Trudging across the beach is a bit more demanding but following in the path of the dog walkers, who clearly do so on a regular basis, we were assured of a safe route.
This part of the West Somerset Coast is now known as Blue Anchor Bay. There are various anecdotes associated with its name change from Cleeve Bay. Some suggest it’s to do with the local geology and others that it’s named after the 16th Century Blue Anchor pub. On a day like today, you could be forgiven for thinking its name reflects the colour of the sea. Locals know that’s not true and that on poorer weather days, the sea is decidedly a mucky brown.
The West Somerset Steam Railway runs along the coast at this point, and as trains steam past provides a picturesque backdrop. Although a heritage railway now, in its heyday and before Mr Beeching’s cuts the railway was instrumental in Blue Anchor becoming a holiday resort.
Looking northwards across the Bristol Channel, on a clear day like today, you can see the Welsh coast as well as both islands – Flat and Steep Holm. Up stream Hinkley Point power station is just in view and with our back to the sea, both Dunster Castle and the 18th Century folly, Conygar Tower have a prominent position on the hill just 1.5 miles inland.
For those interested in WWII defence structures there are a number of pillboxes along this route. Thankfully they were never ‘used in anger’ as it’s our opinion that they wouldn’t have provided much resistance if an attack on this coastline had taken place.