AUTUMN WALKS

THERE ARE MANY LOVELY WALKS ALONG OR NEAR THE EDGE OF THE EXMOOR COAST.

The road at the top of the zig zag path.

 

One of my favourite walks close to Minehead is the road at the top of the zig zag path that climbs up from Quay Street. The road merges with a mettled track that eventually leads to Greenaleigh farm which makes it the main thoroughfare to this fairly remote dwelling which overlooks the Bristol channel.



Greenaleigh Farm viewed from the beach.

Greenaleigh Farm viewed from the sea.

My favourite time to undertake this walk has to be the Autumn as the trees have ever so slightly died back which affords better view of the sea. I love this time of year its the time of change when the great hibernation begins and winter starts to draw its cloak around us. The light is always kinder, the colours more vivid and the slight sweet aroma of decaying leaves and bracken pervade the air.


Less than half a mile along the track past the farm is an old now abandoned Ecclesiastical building called Burgundy chapel which nestles in Grixy Combe. To all intents and purposes this marks the end of the path, but if you turn left there is a narrow and somewhat overgrown track which leads up a very steep gradient to the top of 'Boars Hump' and then joins the SW coast path. This climb isn't for the faint hearted as my children will testify having walked them up it at quite a young age in search of whortleberries.





The ruins of Burgundy Chapel.

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