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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.

Wells

Wells, a stroll through the city

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.

Cathedral

Cathedral

Wells Cathedral

Wells Cathedral

The architecture and details around the square are fascinating, unfortunately a Sunday morning is not the time for a peek into the cathedral.

Details

Details

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 Bishops Palace

The Bishops Palace

The Bishops Palace, moat

The Bishops Palace, moat

The Bishop must have been paranoid, building himself a palace to keep out the riff-raff.

Snowdrops

Snowdrops

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.

Old Lime Kiln

Old Lime Kiln

Interesting Fungus

Interesting Fungus, Judas or Jelly Ear.

Bindle Combe

Bindle Combe

Badger

Badger

Not Sure About this

Not Sure About this, distorted

Caves

Caves, as well as Wookey Hole and Cheddar, there are many smaller caves dotting the Mendip Hills.

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.

Deer Tracks

Deer Tracks

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.

Signs of man

Signs of man

A fine spot for lunch

A fine spot for lunch

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.

Mendip Mast

Mendip Mast in low cloud

A magnificent view...

A magnificent view...

The views as described in the route guide are amazing, I hope so! I’d hate to be missing it.

Ebbor Gorge

Ebbor Gorge, on the run in.

In a primeval landscape

In a primeval landscape, as the gap narrows and steepens.

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.

Narrow paths

Narrow paths

Limestone cliffs

Limestone cliffs

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.

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