Aug 022012
 


How amazing it was to walk out of Wisteria Cottage, cross the road and be on the River Parrett Trail in South Perrott.  This long distance walking trail starts at the hilltop village of Chedington and runs for 50 miles (80kms) to the mouth of the river at Bridgewater Bay in Somerset.

We walked from South Perrott on this path through the fields to Chedington a couple of times a week…..it was beautiful in the summertime and breathtaking in the winter.

The River Parrett Trail  from South Perrott to Chedingtonin the winter was breathtaking

The River Parrett Trail from South Perrott to Chedingtonin the winter was breathtaking

Many enjoyable Sundays were had walking the trail to Wynyards Gap Inn at Chedington for a couple of pints and a bite to eat, then heading back (downhill!!) to Wisteria Cottage.

Jenny Kirwan (me) in Picket Lane in South Perrott one fine Sunday afternoon.

Jenny Kirwan (me) in Picket Lane in South Perrott one fine Sunday afternoon.

We started at Picket Lane, just off the main road through South Perrott and began the climb to Chedington.

Looking towards Chedington Village from Soth Perrott.

Looking towards Chedington Village from South Perrott.

We usually saw the ocassional hiker on this leg of the path and a lot of locals taking their dogs out for a lovely run.

Steve climbing over the water trough into the next field on the River Parrett Trail.

Steve climbing over the water trough into the next field on the River Parrett Trail.

This was a particularly gorgeous summer’s day in England, which can be rather rare these days! but we were lapping up the country air and looking forward to a pint and a chat at the pub In Chedington village.

Steve following the River Parrett Trail to Wynyard's Gap Pub.

Steve following the River Parrett Trail to Wynyard’s Gap Inn.

 

The landscapes to Chedington and surrounds were wonderful……..

passing newly shorn sheep and a delightful thatched cottage on th River Parrett Trail to Chedington.

passing newly shorn sheep and a delightful thatched cottage on the River Parrett Trail to Chedington.

Well, we had only been walking for 25 minutes and the pub was now only five minutes away…..perfect distance really for a Sunday stroll!

The last field is quite a steep climb in parts on the River Parrett Trail to Chedington.

The last field is quite a steep climb in parts on the River Parrett Trail to Chedington.

Whew!  That last climb through the fields to Chedington is pretty tough and steep…..not for the unfit!

At Chedington, the start of the River Parrett Trail

At Chedington, the start of the River Parrett Trail

Well, we built up a thirst and I was looking forward to a half Stowford Press Cider and Steve was chomping at the bit for a pint of Speckled Hen!

Jenny Kirwan (me) at Wynyards Gap Inn, Chedington Village.

Jenny Kirwan (me) at Wynyards Gap Inn, Chedington Village.

We loved the beer garden at Wynyards Gapp Inn; the wiews down into the village of South Perrott and up again are pretty special.  Steve was the photographer and I was waitress!

Jenny Kirwan (me!) and Steve at Wynyards Gap Inn, Chedington.

Jenny Kirwan (me!) and Steve at Wynyards Gap Inn, Chedington.

So after a couple of leisurly beverages, along with a Blue Vinny Ploughman’s and a chargrilled chicken and bacon sandwich (the gorgeous bread is from the Evershot Bakery) we were ready to walk off the calories! This pub has a great menu which sources the best local West Country ingredients. They also have a “Little People Menu” catering for kids and a “Senior Citizens Menu”  weekdays for the oldies.

Down the River Parrett Trail we go..........

Down the River Parrett Trail we go……….

Just as well it’s a half an hour walk down hill!  After a couple of pints in the sunshine, I was feeling very relaxed and happy to be in the gorgeous fresh air with or without the smelly sheep!

looking back the River Parrett Trail with Chedington Court in the distance

looking back the River Parrett Trail with Chedington Court in the distance

We had one more stile to pass through, it was an interesting one designed and made by a local Somerset artist.  Big enough for people to pass through but too small for the fat dairy cows and mean looking bullocks!

One more stile to go through on the River Parret Trail

One more stile to go through on the River Parret Trail

Entering Picket Lane, back into the village of South Perrott.

Entering Picket Lane, back into the village of South Perrott.

Entering South Perrott in the sunshine was a lovely sight, passing by some lovely old cottages until we made it to our own Wisteria Cottage.

Shepherd's Farmhouse, Picket Lane in South Perrott

Shepherd’s Farmhouse, Picket Lane in South Perrott

Winton Cottage in South Perrott is owned by Syvia Daw.  She has a wonderful veg garden and apple orchard which she often shared with us, leaving treats on our back door step.

Winton Cottage in South Perrot, Dorset

Winton Cottage in South Perrot, Dorset

A great day out and loved the walk up and down the River Parrett Trail.  Wisteria Cottage here we are….Usually the F1 Grand Prix would be about to start and I would probably make a loaf of bread for the week ahead………….

Granary bread made with flour from the Maiden Newton Bakery

Granary bread made with flour from the Maiden Newton Bakery

 

Wisteria Cottage in South Perrott in full bloom!

Wisteria Cottage, South Perrott in full bloom!

 

 


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