Monday, 23 May 2016

Canada Combe Climb 10

Replaced the front tyre on the mountain bike after puncturing last week and realising the old one was getting past it's sell by date.  Did that in the morning and, after lunch, went out to Hutton and went over the Mendips at that point to Bleadon. Only a short one today but quite challenging with a climb of 400 feet over a short distance.

Cider Press ?

At least I think that is what it is.  Seen at the side of the road when entering Hutton from the Uphill end.  A resident must have rescued it and turned it into a 'feature'.  Needed a little note of explanation nearby.

St Mary's Church Hutton

Set off the main road through Hutton, St. Mary's Church is a typical example of a Somerset church.   The current building is about 500 years old and serves the community well.                                    

Canada Combe

Leaving Hutton, there is a turning off to the right which runs over the Mendip Hills and leads to Banwell.  This is a fairly steep climb with some wicked little lumps and hairpin bends in it. It was a relief to stop and take this photo!

My fan club!

Trudging up Canada Combe I was pleasantly surprised when my wife Sue overtook me and had a chat as she kept pace. Two of the grandchildren joined in as well. Very grateful for a drink that was offered near the top as well.  Later, found them waiting at a viewpoint overlooking the Somerset Levels.

A short but fairly tough ten miles.

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