Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Wavering Down and Cross Plain, Mendips.

Cultivated and uncultivated
Saturday last, feeling somewhat recovered from germs (though still not fighting fit by any means), we took the opportunity in bright sun but fearsome cold to take a walk up Compton Hill, above the village of Compton Bishop. Then across Wavering Down, then over Cross Plain, above the village of Cross down past an old quarry site for a pint, and then back home.
Cross Plain belowFor me it was hard work breathing wise but the legs could have gone on forever. For Amanda the reverse, the knees were rebelling but the breathing was fine ... once warmed up. As per previous post, the lumbar spine has been bitching ever since, but once I’m back in the pool perhaps that will change the overall `physical dynamic’, to use unnecessarily flowery language. We would like to point out that this time last year in Spain we were super duper fighting fit. The difference couldn’t be more stark.
Crook Peak, Brent Knoll
Back to the present. For context, this route starts in the same place as the walk up to Crook Peak but turns right (east) at the top of Compton Hill not left (west). As walks go it isn’t that long maybe three miles, but it is steep in places and the views are spectacular. You walk among sheep, and gorse and bracken, across close cropped grass and patches of land, where with a little more erosion, I think you would find something akin to Limestone pavement. Between that condition and its current condition is this thin layer of soil covered in tough grass. Here and there the soil is deep enough to hold a lot of water and the red mud sticks the proverbial to a blanket.
Crook Peak
Down in the quarry at the end of our particular walk you can see the layers of limestone. Right at the foot of the man made cliff you can see a stain on the rock where water percolates down onto the slab, this is stained black from saturation and then drying. It’s a fascinating look at the way water makes its way through an aquifer and out through cracks, and gives a clue to the workings of Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole a way inland. Take a close look at the picture of crystallised pocket in the cliff, this clearly predates the quarry and gives an idea of what’s probably going on elsewhere in the rock that makes up the Mendips.


As ever enjoy the pictures.
The Hills are Alive
Drystone wall repairs, with profile boards

Cheddar Reservoir and Glastonbury Tor

Limestone pocket with crystals
Water Stains at the foot of the Quarry Cliff

Drywall Protection

House on Cross Plain

Where's me Wellies

The Hills are Alive

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