Minehead 2017 - Friday 25 August
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On Friday, we descended on Minehead. Some by train and bus. Some by car. We arrived at different times, but the early birds had time to look around and explore Minehead's historic Higher Town. This was conveniently just a stone's throw behind the hostel. From here we had fine views over Minehead and towards the Quantocks beyond. What a good start to our away break!
The first evening was also the occasion to think about the walks and activities for the next three days. Having been here eight years ago, I had some familiarity with the area and a reasonably firm idea of what might be nice to see. In the event, some of the "girls" made suggestions on the particular emphases we could place on our peregrinations. Many Thanks!
Three of us met up at Blackhorse Road (Victoria Line) where Nigel was able to collect us in his car. It was a good journey thanks to Nigel's excellent driving and the company. We took the A303, which was more direct than the motorways, and not unduly busy - a few hold ups, but nothing too serious. The journey took about six hours, punctuated by some convenient coffee stops. We probably saw more of the countryside than from the motorway. I mean, we even passed Stonehenge. Thanks, Nigel!
I took up lodgings in the "Duke of Wellington", a "common-or-garden" sort of place, but bang down-town, close to the hostel and close to the start of our walks and Higher Town. The place was quite inexpensive, but I've got a brain like a sieve about such things, so if you ask me about the price I won't be able dredge the answer out of my little grey cells.
To get a bit of very modest exercise after my jacket potato and salad (nothing too heavy), it seemed nice to visit Higher Town again after eight years. I wanted to experience again some of that West Country flavour and the fine views over Minehead. Others might, of course, have wished to concentrate on the churchyard itself, to see if, as night fell, there might be creaking gravestones, ghosts, skeletons and sundry apparitions. What more can I say, than "Chacun à son goût!" ?
It's been a nice start to our away break. Indeed, it turned out a good omen, for the weather was to be on our side for all three of our full days. How's that for Bank Holiday weather?! Tomorrow we would start to savour some of the interesting landscape in this part of Exmoor.