Combehill Wood – Compton Dundon
It’s the day after Boxing Day and time for a walk! Not too far from where we live there is a fabulous viewpoint of the Somerset levels. It is called Combehill Wood and isn’t far from Glastonbury. From the car park,(what 3 words manuals.mailings.hats) a spin round the woods to two amazing viewpoints will take under 10 minutes. You can extend the walk further by walking along the ridge to the monument from where you will get lovely views of Glastonbury Tor. In spring, this part of the walk along the ridge used to have lots of wild primroses that were really pretty – I’m not too sure if they are still there.
In November, December and January the sky, at around 3-4pm can be amazing – the colours are like no other in my opinion. The clouds are sunlit from below and glow with warm yellows, pinks and reds.
As you walk away from the car park the viewpoint above is on the left with a bench to sit and enjoy the view. Past this, there is a second place to stop with a carved wooden seat and this looks over a larger view of the Somerset Levels. The view is less disrupted by trees here and you get a really good feel for the size of the landscape with a large and dramatic sky.
It was getting dark for us and, with a mixed ability age group to walk on muddy terrain, we kept the walk to the shorter version – my car now needs a good hoover!
I guess the only thing I wish I had with me was my proper SLR Camera to play around with exposure. I would have stayed longer to watch the sun set, but our family group wanted to move on 🙂
Another time to get the best atmosphere and sky is most probably early in the morning and it must be lovely to see this again now in January as the levels are flooded – we’ve also had frosts and mist. Time for a return visit while this lovely light lasts.