Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Motorways and Mud!

We've set off on our summer holidays, our tour of the South West. Today we said farewell to Cheshire for 3 months and headed down the M6/M5 to Somerset. Arriving at 5pm, we could have gone further though our plan was always to split the drive to the SW.
Our chosen small overnight campsite is in the lee of Brent Knoll.
You see this from the M5 just south of Weston-super-Mare - this time we drove to it!
This is the prominent 449ft hill that rises from the Somerset Levels. Brent Knoll has seen human settlement since at least the Bronze Age and was also an Iron Age Camp with multiple ramparts following the contours of the hill, broken only by the main entrance on the eastern side. [History notes for Chris.]
Before the Somerset Levels were drained, Brent Knoll was an island, known as the Isle (or Mount) of Frogs, that provided a safe haven from the water and marshes.  According to legend, Ider son of Nuth, who was one of King Arthur's knights, came to the Mount of Frogs on a quest to slay three giants who lived there.

The field is still rather soft from the recent rain. Muggins here decided to find the perfect spot by attempting to drive across the field and got bogged down in the middle!! Another motorvan owner came to help and we got it to higher and firmer ground!

The muddy bit that we got stuck on!!
Anyhow, we're on our way!!
Also tried out the video facility on our camera - Mrs.W gives her view of today!

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