Sunday 8 May 2016
Bridgwater to Shurton
The Babbling Brook Pub
The strange hotel did a big breakfast so I left with a full stomach but still a sore toe.
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.
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.
I was back on the edge of the Bristol Channel and heading towards Hinkley Nuclear Power Station.
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.
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.