Along Swallow Cliff to Sand Point and back across Middle Hope….

How delightful does that sound? It was grey but dry – yippee! At lunchtime we set off for the Sand Point NT car park, which is down a couple of miles of single track road with potholes aplenty! From the car park you climb up steps to the top of swallow cliff and then wander along the spine of the natural pier (the Mendips as they lead out into the Bristol Channel) to Sand Point.

An obelisk marks the highest point – why are they just boring slabs of concrete? I always feel a sense of achievement, surely this should be reflected? Perhaps I’ll think of something to mark my achievement!

From the point, great views back across Sand Bay, out to Birnbeck Island and Brean Down beyond and back along Swallow Cliff.

We walked back along the top and continued on to Middle Hope which is a wider down, leading to Woodspring Bay, a largely muddy bay (think we’ll give it a miss!).

On the way, we discovered this pretty pebbly beach on Middle Hope.

In the distance Woodspring Priory dating back to the 13th C still sits proudly in the valley.

We weren’t able to get to St Thomas Head, above Woodspring Bay as this end of the down is MOD. The atmosphere up here was beautifully calm and peaceful and apart from to pairs of walkers at Sand Point, we didn’t see a soul!

Two thoughts of the day:

Painted stones, that’s what I will do – find some pebbles, paint them up mandala style and leave one to create our own landmarks!

I wonder if the sea or should I say the Bristol Chanel ever look blue? It always looks sandy and brown.

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