We went for a cycle in the Somerset Levels yesterday – glorious sunshine but a pretty keen wind! It reminded me a lot of cycling in the Cambridgeshire Fens where I used to live a decade ago. We did a loop around the bit called the Avalon Marshes (Shapwick, Ham Walls, Westhay etc).
Glastonbury Tor with a huge pile of peat ready for garden centres – a landscape of contrasts – wildlife, low input farming, intensive farming and peat extraction ……
Crossing over one of the drainage channels – much of the Levels are at or near sea level so need to be intensively drained
Exmoor ponies at Westhay National Nature Reserve – managed by the Somerset Wildlife Trust
We came across this Painted Lady butterfly – freshly in from Spain
Cattle grazing the marshes – seemed pleased to see us
Shapwick Church complete with a huge Cedar of Lebanon
First outing this year for my ‘summer’ bike
It was a great day out and the Levels are perfect for cycling – largely flat, with quiet roads and great views – we will be back.