So on our return and with no parking ticket on the windscreen, we headed off towards Cheddar Gorge.
Last year and for our first outing with the Beast, we arrived in December and the cold. Then we had the place to ourselves. Today the place was heaving. We managed to find a Brit Stop for the night at the Gardeners Arms, partook of liquid refreshment (Brit Stops are free but it is common courtesy to frequent the premises for either a drink or meal) Then it was off to do Jacobs Ladder and the two-hour walk around the top.
Then the descent to the road, roughly another mile where we had to cross over and walk up the other side. Oh but that path on the way down....horrendous... just very slippery stones and full of biting horse flies! Reaching the road and my legs were shaking with the effort and very thankful for Ian's helping hand. Onwards and upwards again where we met several marathon and half marathon runners. In this heat, they must be mad! Anyway after 3 hours (not the two suggested in the leaflet), we finally made it back to the Beast completley exhausted and realising just how unfit we are.
|All to do with the marathon|
So here are a few of the wildlife spotted along the walk
|Large black beetle|
|Not having my bird book I'm not sure what this is.|
|Light Emerald moth|