15th July – Bridgwater to Cheddar

042 First harvested field on the trip
First harvested field on the trip


This was a hard day. It was very hot, there is very little shade on the Somerset Levels, and the route was long and boring. I have joked with several people that if I ever take on another trip it will be in Holland.   Today showed me the error of my ways.

042 Typical Somerset Levels road
Typical Somerset Levels road

I left Bridgwater at 6.45, crossed the M5, and then made my way, via roads and virtually non existent paths, to Bradney, Bawdrip, Cossington, Gold Corner and River Brue before arriving at Blackford.

043 Typical Somerset Levels track
Typical Somerset Levels track

The Sexey’s Arms provided some much needed non alcoholic refreshments.

The trail finally rose up to Middle Stoughton and Brinscombe Hill before entering Cheddar via Cheddar Reservoir.

046 Axminster from Brinscombe Hill
Axbridge from Brinscombe Hill

I arrived at the hostel at 4.40 to find it closed until 5.00. From then on life improved as they had a restaurant and bar.

On a nostalgic note I remembered that Lin and I had our first camping trip together in Cheddar, on another very hot weekend, in 1975.

The best thing to say about the day is that another 20 miles have been completed.