Monday, 26 January 2015

Axbridge Amble 23

A nice afternoon for a ride out, the target today is Axbridge, a small town about 10 miles east of Weston.  Looking at the OS map, it looks a bit hilly getting there so may well take a slightly longer, but flatter route back.

Queens Arms Bleadon

The first village south of Weston, it is built on the side of part of the Mendip Hills and is quite hilly in places. The Queens Arms is a traditional Pub in the village and serves food etc. The original part of the pub was a traditional Mendip cottage dating from the 16th century.

Somerset Levels view.

Leaving Bleadon towards Loxton and Axbridge, it is a fairly stiff climb (in my book at least) out of the village. Near the top of the first climb took this view looking south across the Somerset Levels.
The 'lump' in the distance is Brent Knoll and the north Devon coast can be seen from this point.  That's it, got my breath back, carry on climbing.

The Oak Inn Axbridge

Negotiated several more 'slight inclines' on the way the Axbridge and crossed over the M5 motorway.  Axbridge is a a quaint medieval town and the Oak Inn is situated in the town square. Parts of the Inn itself date back to the 11th century.  This was a convenient place to stop for a drink and had a cup of tea in the Oak. Being the only customer, got chatting with the owner who has run it for about 5 months. A very pleasant chap, he was very enthusiastic and first impressions was the place was well worth a second visit. They also have open mic nights once a month.  Its always good to listen to live music, and may get a chance to join in.

St John's Church Axbridge

This church dates back to the 1400s when the current church was started on the site of an earlier building.  It is strikingly placed on a small hill dominating the town square which itself still retains its medieval shape.

Took a flatter route back, mainly due to the headwind and covered just over 23 miles today.

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