Having successfully navigated the 2 Rivers Way as far as Chew Valley Lake, I now had to navigate my way home and back to Wrington.
There was no other long-distance path that would lead me to the destination and, without wanting to retread those familiar steps but in reverse, I sought out paths that were both new and unexplored to me.
Chew Valley Lake is a large reservoir in North East Somerset, with a circumference between eight and nine miles. It is the largest man-made lake in the south-west of England and one of the largest in the UK.
For a time, I’d been wondering about how accessible the water’s edge would be; already knowing that you can walk close to parts of it along the south, north and western edges… In a spare afternoon that would turn in to an evening, I allowed myself a few hours to attempt to walk the full circuit and find out.
My first walk of July was one that I decided would again be fairly close to home.
West Harptree is an area south of Chew Valley Lake that I hadn’t walked around thoroughly for a good few years. I’d also been intending to go trig-point hunting one evening but hadn’t made it happen. This was a time to do it all and revisit other less-frequented aspects of the Mendip Hills.
This morning, as I begin to write this, the sun is trying to break through the glut of persistent rain. This ongoing downpour of torrent has caused disaster for many home-owners further south and for the average walker, well, I’m presuming that the enthusiasm to get out and to enjoy nature is lost in some small way. I know I haven’t been out for almost two-weeks now and this walk I’m about to share is indeed my most recent.