Bridgwater to Combwich 19.9.19

I remember the impressive spire of the Church of St. Mary from the last time I was here in 2017. That time I was heading north up the east side of the estuary but today my path is up the west bank of the River Parrett ……………………if I can find a way out that is….

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….after a few confusing directions I end up by the canal, which I cross over a narrow metal bridge and then skirt the marina up to the main road following the England Coast Path sign.

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Walking under the A39 I remember what fun I had trying to get down to the river last time I was here but this time it is straightforward. I soon leave the town behind, although the opposite bank is lined with office blocks, a hotel and further up the industrial estates of Dunball Wharf .

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My trail – the River Parrett Trail is well marked and takes me through a series of gates through fields with grazing sheep. One of the gates sports a stern message.

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I meet no-one for miles and the landscape is flat and almost monochrome – it is a little soporific walking in the hot sun. This is why I am slightly taken aback when I come to a gate that is obviously part of the trail, but is locked with a combination lock. I dither for  a minute and then just climb over – why would anyone do that? The next gate is the same so I climb over again, hoping that the next gate won’t be the one I can’t hop over. Very strange.

My next tremble is when I come to a sluice with no obvious route around it…..until I notice a path off to the right with another locked gate – I am beginning to feel a letter coming on…..

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This overgrown path takes me down alongside what could be mistaken for a piece of modern art and indeed I can’t see its purpose.

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By this time I have realised that, unlike the South West Coast Path, this section of the England Coast Path is not used very much. My assumption is confirmed when I go through the next gate (not locked thank goodness) and am faced with the “path”. Perfect for twisting an ankle.

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By this time I can see my destination Combwich (pronounced Cummitch) quite clearly but as I approach the village I am directed off left down to the road where re-surfacing is going on.

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I ask for directions to the pub, up past the church and then down to Combwich Pill.

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There is one other person in the pub where to my surprise Leonard Cohen is being played.  I order a plate of chips and a drink. This has been a short, uneventful walk – Damian arrives tomorrow for the long one.

Distance: 8 miles

 

 

3 thoughts on “Bridgwater to Combwich 19.9.19

  1. Not a very welcoming walk with all the keep out signs. Thank goodness for the church and pub frequented by someone with a good taste in music! Xx

  2. Interesting to see the ‘England Coast Path’ sign .. have you come across many yet along your way? I thought it wasn’t due to be officially opened until 2020. What a pain about the locked gates .. and thank goodness for an uplifting end to the day, with Mr Cohen!

  3. Hiya, I only started to see them after the end of the South West Coast Path (after Minehead) I think there are stretches that are now open, but the idea is that it will be completely joined up after 2020.(I somehow doubt that – especially in these troubled times). Thanks for reading.

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