Cross Moor Drove & Middle Rhyne, Somerset.

When I headed up the M5 to Crook Peak, I was also chasing another, very different, kind of commons experience. I spend a fair amount of time online exploring the nation’s commons by zooming in and out of DEFRA’s map of common land, and I noticed that just south of Crook Peak, starting at theContinue reading “Cross Moor Drove & Middle Rhyne, Somerset.”

Crook Peak/ Compton Hill, nr. Axminster, Somerset.

Anyone who’s driven up the M5 south of Bristol, between Junctions 21 and 22, will have noticed a peak soaring up just north of Bridgwater and from which the Mendips ripples eastwards. Modestly clothed in gorse and heather, through which poke patches of calcareous limestone, it seems to promise glorious walking; I’ve meant to headContinue reading “Crook Peak/ Compton Hill, nr. Axminster, Somerset.”

Little Solsbury Hill & Solsbury Common, Somerset.

On a glorious, summer-hot September day, I headed up the M5 to just north of Bath to climb up on one of rock’s most famous hills. Little Solsbury Hill is an Iron Age hillfort owned by the National Trust and a registered common with rights to graze sheep, cattle and horse, and surrounded by aContinue reading “Little Solsbury Hill & Solsbury Common, Somerset.”

Langport & Tintinhull Commons & a plastic gnome

Sunday, I was still waiting for the car’s air-con to be fixed, but it was cool enough after a week of heat to drive for an hour, so I headed off to Langport, in the South-Eastern corner of the Somerset Levels. Langport has a couple of commons on its North-Western edge, and I found aContinue reading “Langport & Tintinhull Commons & a plastic gnome”