Day 279 The River Parrett Trail to Hinkley Point

Sunday 8 May 2016

Bridgwater to Shurton

13 miles

The Babbling Brook Pub

The strange hotel did a big breakfast so I left with a full stomach but still a sore toe. 

this isn’t very coastal!
The River Parrett Trail looked like the best way to get from Bridgwater to Steart, just opposite Burnham-on-Sea. I thought it would be a well-marked path, but it wasn’t. I spent a couple of hours skirting around crop fields beside a meandering brook. 

Today was hotter than ever; an oppressive heat without any wind (possibly >25 deg). The long grass remained soaking wet despite the sun. I was quite exposed all day so was forced to wear my rather fetching sun hat. 

approaching Combwich on the bank of the River Parrett
I passed through Combwich and then came across the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust Steart Marshes. This reserve was not marked on my map as it is a new wetland created by breaching the sea wall to encourage tidal flooding. This is part of a plan to help reduce the flood risk in local towns. The sea wall breach meant that the coast path had been diverted and so I didn’t walk all the way to Steart but cut off the corner. 

a hide on Steart Marshes
I was back on the edge of the Bristol Channel and heading towards Hinkley Nuclear Power Station. 

Hinkley Point B Nuclear Power Station
looking back across Bridgewater Bay to Burnham-on-Sea
I can still see Brean Down
Again the path had been diverted due to ongoing work (I didn’t see any French signs anywhere). Follow the path diversion signs it said, but they soon disappeared and I was left to find my own way. Thankfully it was a Sunday so I could walk along an empty road. 

power lines stretching out from the power station
It was only mid-afternoon when I arrived at Shurton but I was ready to stop as the heat was taking its toll. I had a leisurely few hours catching up on my blog and washing my sweat-soaked clothes. I decided to treat myself to a nice dinner and was pleasantly surprised to find that this pub has a very good chef. My dinner was excellent. 

The Quantock Hills

5 thoughts on “Day 279 The River Parrett Trail to Hinkley Point

  1. jomunday99 May 8, 2016 / 9:37 pm

    It’s been a steamy day here too Lucy! Nat and I spent the morning canoeing whilst Jamie had his first cricket club session. Then a bit of cycling in the afternoon. We were all pretty hot and sweaty – I’m sure you were with your pack on! Nice to catch up on your blog. Glad you got a good dinner – hope your toe appreciates it!

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    • Lucy May 10, 2016 / 7:33 am

      What an active family…good to see. I would have liked a bit of canoeing in the heat. Thames nicer than Severn estuary though. Keep an eye out for those baby grebes!

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  2. Donna Munday May 8, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    Great posts Lucy, and so glad you are getting some of the good weather. It’s been a beautiful day in the Midlands, the cherry blossom is out along with the bluebells, and we’ve got robins and blackbirds nesting in the garden. Given that we are in the most landlocked of counties you sadly won’t be seeing any of this, but we’re hoping to catch up with you in June. Do you know when you’ll be near Paington?

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    • Lucy May 10, 2016 / 7:32 am

      Au contraire…I have seen loads of bluebells. I have been a bit surprised by how many. Really beautiful. I’m guessing end of June I’ll make Paignton, which probably means I’ll be not that far away for a week before.

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  3. Chris Frazer May 9, 2016 / 3:08 am

    Uhhhhhhm. Poor you you had to walk through some of the worst weather last year with the storms and now they predict a summer like that of 1976, beautifully hot but that won’t help you….so the fetching sun hat and sweaty clothes may become the norm.

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