Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Wootton Courtenay and district

Tuesday 16 August
Dunkery Hill overlooks Wootton Courtenay with its top, Dunkery Beacon, being the highest feature in the area. As I wanted to explore the moors we considered climbing it but it was drizzling and the path had petered out into a sport's field with no obvious continuation so decided to do some exploring by car instead. Drove to Minehead
and then to Allerford to view a small rural life museum.
From there we drove to Porlock, another seaside village, and found our way going up Porlock Hill, a steep drive up to the moors. Brilliant.
On arrival we were greeted by some Exmore ponies grazing on the hilltop.

The ground is covered with gorse and heather and other small plants.
The moor is extremely striking and a great view over Porlock Bay.
In the afternoon I climbed the small hill, Wootton Common, behind the village. On the hill there is lots of different vegetation
plus good views of Wootton Courtenay, Timberscombe and Dunster.
The walk over the hill continues to Minehead but decided not to go quite that far!

As there was nowhere to park the car at Dunster, dinner was fish 'n' chips in the car by the beach at Minehead - it was too cold to eat outside.

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