Day 020 : Watchet – Bridgewater

I make an early start today as I know it’s a long walk today. From the quaint harbour of Watchet with its narrow streets to the city of Bridgewater, famous for making cellophane.b_020_059_Doniford_Station_HaltI walk out of Watchet and very soon come to a delightful Doniford Halt on the West Somerset Railway line which I notice is a request stop.

I wonder how many people travel by train on this line to the big holiday park nearby.b_020_068_Hinkley_PointI spend a lot of time walking through country lanes and villages. The reason being is to skirt the Hinkley Point power station which has dominated the skyline for ages, its buildings stand tall and square like giant lego blocks. The site seems to have a huge amount of land fenced off around it.b_020_072_River_ParrottEventually, I get back to the sea and follow the sea wall. It seems ages before I see anyone and start wondering if I am the only one left on the planet. I felt reassured when I noticed that the birds were still about.

I reach Steart Point on the Steart Peninsula. The whole area is a National Nature Reserve and sits at the mouth of The River Parrott. Looking at how low the River Parrott is today it seems incredible how much devastation was caused by flooding over a year ago.b_020_071_River_Parrott_HivesI follow the River Parrott Trail inland. All along the trail they have built hives, where you can stand behind, and observe the wildlife.

I finish in Bridgewater and make my way to the YHA in Cheddar where I am staying.

I join Andy, a fellow hosteler, for a drink at the White Hart in Cheddar village which serves a good selection of local beers. I strike up a conversation with the lady who was serving and giving me her recommendations on the beers. I had told her about  the challenge I was undertaking to which she was impressed and she mentioned that she lived in Wales. I replied that I was making my way there and would soon be walking around the coastline. To my surprise she looked at me very nonplussed, and said I must be a long way from the sea. It turns out that she actually comes from Wells. When I realised my mistake and made a fool of myself we had a good laugh. Thanks Emily.