Taunton

Taunton

Bridge number 28 on the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal, Somerset, UK
Bridge number 28 on the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal, Somerset, UK

Again we are in British summer time and the weather is appalling. So we decided we would go to Bathpool, Taunton, mainly because the site we found is close to the Bridgwater to Taunton Canal, and we thought if the weather is going to be wet at least we’d have somewhere we can guarantee will be good to walk the dogs.

We arrived just after 3 pm and sited old Daisy in amongst the apple trees. She did have a bit of trouble getting past one of the trees, which had a low branch full of apples. Unfortunately, and much to our embarrassment we did knock a few down or so we thought. As we parked up apples started rolling from the roof down onto the windscreen, so Nik climbed up on top of Old Daisy and ‘oh my goodness’ there were so many up there, so he quickly set about removing them and hiding the evidence in the nearby undergrowth. Oooops. As there wasn’t much day left we took the dogs for an hours walk along the canal before settling in for a night of PC work.

Thursday

Thursday was supposed to be the best day weather-wise, but when we got up it was overcast and a quick check of the weather report showed that since the evening before it had been updated to rain on Thursday and be nice on Friday. With this in mind, we decided to give the dogs a morning walk, work during the day and go out for the day on Friday.

Luckily we still packed a just encase rucksack with water and snacks. See, we are learning from past mistakes, at last. After a few minutes of walking, the weather started to cheer up and we ended up going all the way into Taunton, we wandered around the castle which is now The Museum of Somerset and got ourselves lunch before making our way back to Daisy.

The Museum of Somerset, Taunton, Somerset, UK
The Museum of Somerset, Taunton, Somerset, UK

I then spent what was left of the afternoon trying to re-work the fly curtain that dangles from the door and add beads to it. It took me four attempts of threading beads (which was no easy task), into different patterns before Nik and I found one we liked. By 7 pm my back was killing me and I’d only managed to finish one line. I have the pattern now though; so it shouldn’t take me long to finish it another day. For now, I still had a dinner to cook so I called it a day.

Friday

The day started quite cool but quickly heated up so we fed the dogs and got going as soon as we could. The first part of our walk we had already done on Wednesday evening so we were just taking it easy and enjoying walking along the canal. This part of the canal isn’t the most picturesque but the water was full of wildlife for us to watch. There were moorhens, ducks and swans with their babies, kingfishers flitting by every now and then, plenty of fish to be seen, herons and the biggest wild rabbits everywhere we looked. Not to mention plenty of cows in the surrounding fields. Other than seeing the kingfishers, the most enjoyable animal we saw was a deer in a cornfield. Well, I say that we only really saw the top of her head and ears sticking out of the corn, but the knowledge that she was there watching us put big smiles on our faces.

Bridgwater and Taunton Canal, Taunton, Somerset, UK
Bridgwater and Taunton Canal, Taunton, Somerset, UK

The canal also follows the train line for much of the way so when there was nothing else to take pictures of Nik had plenty of passing trains. We were getting near to the point when we should turn back when I spotted a bridge that goes over the train track so of course, we had to go and investigate. It turned out there were a few trainspotters on the bridge waiting for a special train to come along. We don’t ever ask them about it as we have found that if you aren’t one of them they don’t like to share their knowledge with you. Nik had already decided that on this occasion it wasn’t going to be a steam train so it didn’t matter if we didn’t stay long enough to see it. He didn’t waste the opportunity to stop and get a few pictures of trains from the bridge, with lovely Somerset countryside in the background before we continued on our way. Shortly after this we started to recognise the scenery from our last visit to this canal and just to confirm if we could see Nik’s big old iron bridge just off in the distance, so we picked a good spot beside the canal to stop for snacks and a rest before turning back towards home. Nik also got a few more pictures of trains while he was at it.

Passenger train near Taunton, Somerset, UK
Passenger train near Taunton, Somerset, UK

We were almost at the end of our walk when Nik spotted some moorhens walking over some pond weed which had collected quite tightly beside a bridge from one bank to the other. Although the weed didn’t look fantastic the scene as a whole was beautiful so we stopped so that Nik could get a photo. The dogs and I were standing on the bank waiting and for some reason, Ella suddenly jumped straight into the middle. She was on an extending lead at the time, which was lucky for me as the force that she went in almost pulled me with her. If the lead had been any shorter I would have been a gonna. Once I recovered from the shock I did help her to get out again. Luckily she wasn’t covered in the weed but gosh did she smell. It did scare the moorhens off though. so Nik missed his picture but he wasn’t upset because he turned just in time to see it happen and found it hilarious. Even Oscar looked like he was laughing. It gave us all a good laugh to end the day on.

Nik and I are happy in the knowledge that we have walked more than half of the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal. We just have the Bridgewater end to complete now. Our problem here is that because of Daisy’s size we can’t often park her in a town and it’s proving problematic finding a site within walking distance of that end. We will find a way, eventually.

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