I needed a bit of fresh air this weekend, so decided on this stroll around Wells, the smallest city in England, and Ebbor gorge. With its links to some poetry greats. Samuel Taylor Coleridge was in part inspired by Ebbor Gorge when writing Kubla Khan. And after climbing down this short narrow passage I can see the links.
The Cathedral, and Bishops Palace were silent this morning, the cold keeps most people in on a Sunday Morning so I had the place to myself.
The architecture and details around the square are fascinating, unfortunately a Sunday morning is not the time for a peek into the cathedral.
There was a fine mist around the moat and the clear water looked ready to freeze, but the crisp white snowdrops are starting to come out, welcome sight in the early winter.
The Bishop must have been paranoid, building himself a palace to keep out the riff-raff.
This is a walk of two very distinct halves, This first part skirts the edge of Wells, around to the west side where it strikes North towards the Mendips and into some pretty Combes. After the past weeks rain though it proved a slippery muddy and wet place to go. The combe, a narrow steep-sided valley has a stream wandering down the middle, spreading and collecting in the hollows.
All over the Mendips, as well as the wildlife and the wild country, there are the caves that abound in the limestone hills. The most notable being Cheddar caves and Wookey Hole.
The joy of mud, at least the tracks show well. Lots of animals choose to use human tracks to move about when we are not about.
After climbing up to the high point on the walk, I decided to stop for lunch on Pen hill near the Mendip TV mast. Its colder out in the open so it was a quick stop before heading across the fields past Tumulus and farms.
The views as described in the route guide are amazing, I hope so! I’d hate to be missing it.
Ebbor Gorge, the walls close in and the smooth limestone rocks glisten with the water running through the cut. The walls are high and you clamber down to come out on the face of the cliff.
Once you head down from the gorge in to Wookey Village, it’s an easy run back to Wells on the West Mendip Way. I had a small camera crisis at this point, The battery gave up. So there is a lack for the finish. over Arthur’s Point above the quarry via Lime Kiln Lane, then into the houses and footpaths between Peoples gardens as I meandered back into Wells. The rain held off, although it was cold and damp all day It was a pleasant trundle across the Mendip hills around Wells.