May 28th, 2008

Wanaka tree

Sand Point, North Somerset

As I said before, on Friday I went to Sand Point. Sand Point is a rocky peninsula that sticks out into the Bristol Channel a few kilometres north of Weston-super-Mare, and is also known as, slightly bizarrely, Middle Hope. Near Sand Point is Sand Bay - no imagination when it came to naming things around here. Though having said that, there is no sand at Sand Point and Sand Bay is now a huge mudflat with a small, narrow beach at the edge of it. 

I had hoped to walk the full extent of Sand Point and visit Woodspring Priory. Woodspring Priory was founded in the 13th century and is now privately owned, but I was still hoping to get some decent photos. The whole walk should have been about six kilometres. I say, 'should have been' because things didn't quite work out the way I had planned. 

When I arrived at the small car park, having driven through Weston and seen lots of people eating fish and chips and candy floss (though not at the same time) it was gloriously sunny and really warm. Perfect for a walk over a rocky promentory and along cliff-top paths, through woodlands and across a heath or two. I made it up onto the top just as a party of school children on a geography field trip were leaving. I wiped my brow in mock relief, it could have been crowded but now I had it almost all to myself. There were one or two walkers around but they were well away in the distance.

Let's have a look and see what it was really like.

This is Sand Bay as it is now with the tide out and the mud all carved up by rivulets.

My first view looking inland along the peninsula.

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