Picture this. A break in Somerset…

17 Aug

Having taken a break from work for a few days, I thought I’d get away and visit somewhere I’d not really been before, the area round Bristol in Somerset.

I stayed on a very peaceful holiday park in Clevedon, complete with fishing lake to stroll around and a total lack of screaming children for company.


As is my habit when I’m away, I went on a couple of excursions to take photos, first visiting the seaside town of Clevedon itself, with the “only fully intact, grade one listed pier in England”, built in 1869 and still in immaculate condition.



A walk along the pier offers beautiful views of the Bristol channel, the entry toll house is imposing in its grandeur and the very structure of the elegant pier itself provides a wonderful counterpoint to the dusky sky when the lamps are lit in the evening…




…and I saw this lovely tiled Victorian water fountain on the wall opposite the entrance.


Another place I took a look at was the Lake Grounds in Portishead which, all in all, has a very pleasant, very English summer holiday feel to the area. Ducks and swans on the boating lake, blustery wind in my face and striking red rock formations, reminding me of the ploughed red earth of the Devon countryside.





Further up the coast I discovered the Windmill Inn, a pub with not only a good selection of ciders, but gorgeous views from the terraced gardens of the Welsh coast and the rapidly scudding clouds and choppy waters of the Bristol channel.







After a relaxing drink and a leisurely drive back towards my temporary home from home, I couldn’t resist stopping off at the particularly photogenic Church of All Saints in the Parish of East Clevedon, nestling in the lee of a wooded valley and looking like something trapped forever in the permanent dappled glow of an English summer afternoon.







I carefully picked my way among the headstones…


…until I came upon a resident who didn’t look like they appreciated my trespassing on their sunbathing spot..


So I took this as my cue to leave for home, taking one last look as I walked back to the car…


…and arriving in time to snap yet another glorious sunset over my holiday retreat.


Thanks for joining me on my tour of this tiny corner of Somerset, I hope you enjoyed it.
I’ll leave you with a rather appropriate musical sign-off

Until next time…


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14 responses to “Picture this. A break in Somerset…

  1. jerseylil

    August 17, 2014 at 21:37

    Awesome photos, Dale! What peaceful and picturesque areas you visited. Great angle on the pier photos. I love that Victorian water fountain, the lake, the pond with the ducks and swans (and the big, white swan posing for the camera!), all the water shots. The church with the old graveyard seemed like it was frozen in time and you got a beautiful shot with the light bathing the church. That cat was the guardian of the graveyard, look at those eyes LOL; cool shot! Nice cloud shots too, and gorgeous sunset. Enjoyed the music video. Thanks for sharing!

    • dalecooper57

      August 17, 2014 at 22:09

      Thanks Lil. Those swans are mighty impressive close up and out of the water. That was just the mother keeping an eye on the cygnets, you should have seen the male, he was huge.

  2. Zip

    August 18, 2014 at 08:48

    Brilliant shots and a lovely break away – everything one needs to just get away from it all and have all that ‘you’, all to yourself!!! 🙂

    • dalecooper57

      August 18, 2014 at 19:54

      Cheers Zip, and I hope you had a great time at this year’s Weird Weekend, sorry I missed it this year.

  3. Jane Smith

    August 18, 2014 at 12:56

    What amazing photos. Particularly like the wall drinking fountain and the gorgeous church. What a lovely part of he world. Quite beautiful. Thank you. X

    • dalecooper57

      August 18, 2014 at 13:11

      Thanks Jane, glad you liked them. It was a lovely break, I really enjoyed it.

  4. Big D

    August 18, 2014 at 19:05

    Lovely photos Dale. Once you get away from the cities the UK has some gorgeous places.

    England can be a very pretty place sometimes.

    • dalecooper57

      August 18, 2014 at 19:07

      It can. Lovely part of the world, I shall go back there soon.

  5. Moyra Keatings

    August 21, 2014 at 10:05

    Lovely post Senor Dale (one day I’ll work out how to do the tilde). I’m interested to see Clevedon as Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Elizabeth Siddal visited it. I especially like the description of the church trapped in the glow, it was an elegant phrasing which would equally have fitted the almost enchanted three days I recently spent in the village of Kelmscott, surely twinned with Narnia.

    • dalecooper57

      August 21, 2014 at 12:10

      Thank you Moyra, it was a lovely break.

  6. gregmercer601

    September 15, 2014 at 15:23

    Great work, a most enjoyable collection. Thanks!

    • dalecooper57

      September 15, 2014 at 17:16

      Thanks. And thanks for the visit, come back soon.

  7. Playamart - Zeebra Designs

    November 8, 2016 at 10:31

    Time to catch that dawn bus to Quito…
    I realized that via most-likely keyboard mistake, I am no longer following you! Hmmmm. I suspect that can be changed with an equally-easy keyboard choice!

    • dalecooper57

      November 8, 2016 at 11:28

      Travel safely and I look forward to your new follow. ;~}


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