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River Parett Trail, South Perrott to Chedington Village in Dorset.

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!

 

 

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, Jurassic Coast, Dorset, England

The unspoilt Lulworth Cove on the Jurassic World Heritage Coast of Dorset.
The unspoilt Lulworth Cove on the Jurassic World Heritage Coast of Dorset.

My love of the Jurassic coast in Dorset and East Devon has taken Steve and I on some spectacular hikes along the Southwest Coast Path.  This area around Lulworth Cove is an extremely popular tourist destination, so towards the end of September in England was a good time for us to spend a couple of days hiking.

Chalk and limestone cliffs near West Lulworth are a geoligist's dream.
Chalk and limestone cliffs near West Lulworth are a geoligist’s dream.

We stayed in the small fishing village of West Lulworth in a B&B that was the closest cottage to the waters edge of Lulworth Cove, called the Boat House.  Views were amazing, we loved this place.

You couldn't get any closer than this to Lulworth Cove.  The Boat House was fantastic!
You couldn’t get any closer than this to Lulworth Cove. The Boat House was fantastic!

 

You couldn't get any closer than this to Lulworth Cove.  The Boat House was fantastic!
West Lulworth is full of character with some lovely old shops and cottages.

 

Lulworth Cove Inn, Dorset.
Lulworth Cove Inn, Dorset.

 

One of many lovely old cottages in the village.
One of many lovely old cottages in the village.

The weather was perfect when we arrived and the forecast for the next couple of days was excellent for walking.

Jenny Kirwan (me!) arriving at West Lulworth in perfect weather conditions
Jenny Kirwan (me!) arriving at West Lulworth in perfect weather conditions.

 

The Southwest Coast Path and Jurassic Coastline looking a picture of delight!
The Southwest Coast Path and Jurassic Coastline at St. Oswald’s Bay looking a picture of delight!

 

Walking towards Durdle Door from Lulworth Cove was pretty easy going.
Walking towards Durdle Door from Lulworth Cove was pretty easy going

 

Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast, Dorset.
Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast, Dorset.

Durdle Door no doubt would have to be one of the most photographed landmarks on the Jurassic Coast.  Over a period of time this arch will eventually collapse and leave a sea stack like those that can be seen at Ladram Bay in East Devon.

Durdle Door near Lulworth Cove, Dorset
Durdle Door near Lulworth Cove, Dorset
The views around Durdle Door were breathtaking
The views around Durdle Door were breathtaking
Jenny Kirwan says, "Bring on the steep cliffs, I'm ready for it!!"
Jenny Kirwan says, “Bring on the steep cliffs, I’m ready for it!!”

 

Approaching West Lulworth (whew!!)
Approaching West Lulworth (whew!!)

What a magnificent sight it was to see this tiny village of West Lulworth again.  The cliffs after Durdle Door were undulating to say the least!  What a relief to finally make it back!  A quite few beverages at the near by Castle Inn was a wonderful reward!  The Real Ales and extensive list of Real Ciders at this 16th century thatched free house is sensational…….but that’s another blog!

"Yes please!"  A pint of Stowford Press Cider for me and a Real Ale for Steve went down well!
“Yes please!” A pint of Stowford Press Cider for me and a Real Ale for Steve went down well!

 

 

The Pineapple Pub, Brimpton Common, Reading, Berkshire.

Valentines Day in the late afternoon at The Pineapple Pub in Brimpton Common, didn’t disappoint in any shape or form!  We pre ordered a cheese board for two to divulge around 4pm with some lovely Aussie red wine. 

Vases full of red roses on the tables....a.fabulous touch as we entered The Pineapple Pub, Brimpton Common.
Vases full of red roses on the tables....a.fabulous touch as we entered The Pineapple Pub, Brimpton Common.

 A very nice surprise to see fresh flowers adorning some of the tables.  It was a lovely touch.  The wood burner was burning beautifully and the regular local crowd were sipping on their bevvy’s just like normal.  I started with a Stowford Press cider and Steve was pleased to see Spitfire Real Ale on tap, so chose this with a smile on his face!  Wonderfully served ale as usual!

Half of Stowford Press Cider and a Spitfire Real Ale was a great starter at The Pineapple Pub, Brimpton Common.
Half of Stowford Press Cider and a Spitfire Real Ale was a great starter at The Pineapple Pub, Brimpton Common.

 But the best was yet to come.  When we ordered a great bottle of Aussie Red Wine, the cheese board came out, delivered by Tyler the manager.  Great job mate!  This was amazing….such a generous serve for very good value.  Thanks to the fantastic chef……it was presented beautifully.  We had a selection of five cheeses, with caramelized red cabbage to die for.  This had a jammy quality that complimented the cheese so well, especially the brie in my opinion.  There was also rocket, cherry tomatoes, Jacob’s cream crackers and a generous amount of butter if you like to add this.

The chef at The Pineapple Pub Brimpron Common made an amazing cheese plate for two.
The chef at The Pineapple Pub Brimpton Common made an amazing cheese plate for two.

 This cheese plate for two was fantastic value at 8.95.  We made a few of the hungry local drinkers a little hungrier I’m certain.  Teamed with the Aussie red wine, this was a sensational way to spend a couple of hours on any occasion, not just Valentines day.  Thanks guys, we will repeat this activity for sure!!

Cheese and wine at The Pineapple Pub, Brimpton Common.....sensational.
Cheese and wine at The Pineapple Pub, Brimpton Common.....sensational.

The Pineapple, Brimpton Common, Berkshire.

We have just walked back to the cottage after a lovely early Saturday evening drink at The Pineapple Pub, Brimpton Common, better known as “Our Local.”  The new manager is Tyler, a great young guy with energy and interest.  A breath of fresh air really……..I believe he is a winner for this place and not bad looking either!

The Thatched Roof is a wonderful sight at The Pineapple Pub, Brimpton Common.
The Thatched Roof is a wonderful sight at The Pineapple Pub, Brimpton Common.

 How happy was my husband Steve! when we made our way to the bar, under the lovely old low beams, to see a barrel of real ale resting on top of the bar.  Steve, just to mention is a rather special fan of the good old real ale!  Tyler is now doing a guest real ale poured straight from the barrel on the bar.  This was just put on this morning and was doing very well while we were there, with a number of punters sampling and ordering pints of the stuff!  Steve thought it was excellent….well done Tyler.  Anyone who puts my husband in a good mood is a friend of mine.  Instead of my regular Stowford Press Cider, I had a large glass of an Aussie red wine on offer.  Have to support my homeland exports!!  This was a smooth, gorgeous Shiraz…wonderful on an early Autumn evening!

The wood burner at The Pineapple is a real gem.....now that the weather is cold it burns continuously.....
The wood burner at The Pineapple is a real gem.....now that the weather is cold it burns continuously.....

 I really would have loved to have stayed for another glass of red wine (this place is always hard to leave!) but it was getting dark and we were walking back to the cottage.  Only a short ten minute stroll back wasn’t far at all……always nice after sitting for an hour or so.  We may be back there tomorrow, being Sunday….we’ll see!  Just remembered, a Christmas menu has been just released and it sounds wonderful……I will post this soon…..If there is no barrel of a guest ale on the bar when you visit, choose a pint of Fuller’s London Pride, always kept and served extremely well.  Cheers!

A Pint of London Pride Real Ale and a Stowford Press Cider never disappoints at The Pineapple, Brimptom Common.
A Pint of London Pride Real Ale and a Stowford Press Cider never disappoints at The Pineapple, Brimptom Common.

 

The Pineapple Pub, Brimptom Common, Berkshire.

With our supper already sorted for this evening (Steve has made a Beef Rendang with rice and flat breads!) and after all our jobs done, we were looking forward to a couple of quiet drinks down at our local pub, the Pineapple, at Brimpton Common.

Hanging baskets adorn the front of the Pineapple Pub, Brimpton Common.
Hanging baskets adorn the front of the Pineapple Pub, Brimpton Common.

We had both been to the gym earlier that morning so there wasn’t any guilt about a beverage or two.  We were extremely delighted that Robin Redbreast joined us while we were there.  He loves the beer  garden at the Pineapple.  We must remember to take a few little bits of bread for him next time we visit!

Robin Redbreast joined us for a drink at the Pineapple Pub, Brimpton Common.
Robin Redbreast joined us for a drink at the Pineapple Pub, Brimpton Common.

So, it was very relaxing, sipping on a Stowford Press Cider in the lovely beer garden with Robin and Steve who ejoyed his pint of London Pride.

Jenny Kirwan (me!) enjoying my Stowford Press Cider in the beer garden at the Pineapple, Brimptom Common.
Jenny Kirwan (me!) enjoying my Stowford Press Cider in the beer garden at the Pineapple, Brimptom Common.