Cycling in the Somerset Levels

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).

Levels 8

 

Levels 1
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 ……

Levels 2Crossing over one of the drainage channels – much of the Levels are at or near sea level so need to be intensively drained

Levels 3Exmoor ponies at Westhay National Nature Reserve – managed by the Somerset Wildlife Trust

Levels 4
We came across this Painted Lady butterfly – freshly in from Spain

Levels 5
Cattle grazing the marshes – seemed pleased to see us

Levels 7Shapwick Church complete with a huge Cedar of Lebanon

Levels 6First 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.

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