Let’s face it, Clevedon is not all about a pier and Victorian buildings.
Somerset is a county sometimes overlooked though it certainly repaid our visit with a bucket load of glorious vistas.
Its name is derived from a ‘land of the summer people’. Somerset has heritage, myths and legends. Oh, did I mention the endless sunshine?
Somerset is a county made for walking, we were overwhelmed with the choices we had, one specific walk just involved the two of us, Cleo the dog and I. Most of the steps were far too steep for the Squire to contemplate walking. Our meanderings involved a few long trails around the cliff edge, a golf course, and reserves. A path or two that are more like a goat track, and others posher.
Part of our walk along the coast included a small bay called Ladye Bay, which is a sheltered cove of mostly small shingle with plenty of mud lower down the beach. The low cliffs are of sandstone and siltstone. We accessed this small beach by a flight of steps from the coastal path. Luckily for Cleo dogs are allowed at all times. It was a welcome break from walking as I watched Cleo bounce around on the stony beach.
This beach did not look like one I would pick as a swimming beach, in fact, it’s advised not to swim here due to the currents and cloudiness of the water. Having said that Ladye Bay is home to the annual “Long Swim” which covers about a mile down to Clevedon Pier.
South of Clevedon and North of Weston-super-mare is the peninsula of Sand Point, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a world away from the donkey rides and piers. To the south is Sand Bay while on the northern side is the little sand and shingle cove of Middle Hope.
All beaches along here are backed by farmland or reserves that face into the Bristol Channel with views across to Wales. On a good day, the Clifton Suspension Bridge can be sighted.
If you are a lover of a beautiful landscape, then Somerset is a “must”.
With no fewer than four Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, one National Park, a Jurassic Coast and hundreds of reserves, it has almost every kind of habitat from meadow and moor to woods and wetland.
What are you waiting for?