Twelve walkers took part in the Footpaths Group’s traditional ‘Christmas Pudding Burn-off’. Usually this involves a short stroll of a mile or two on the seafront followed by a long coffee at a pub or cafe. With the crowds on the seafront during the coronavirus pandemic and the current need for social distancing that was not a practical proposition this year.
Instead we arranged to make a 2.2 mile tour of some of Clevedon’s charming small Victorian parks. We met at the seating overlooking the pier in Pier Copse, Alexandra Road. To facilitate social distancing we split into two groups walking five minutes apart. I led the first group and Philip led the second. The weather was cold but dry with some sun and was excellent for walking.
After leaving Pier Copse we went up through Alexandra Gardens and walked along Marine Hill. Just beyond the church we turned on to the footpath and made the short climb to the top, following the path to join the Zig Zag. Descending to Hill Road we walked to Herbert Road and went round Herbert Gardens.
We then walked along Linden Road, pausing briefly to look at the decorative stonework on the houses. At Sunhill Park we paused for a welcome socially-distanced coffee break. Leaving the park we went from Sunnyside to the end of Jesmond Road and took the footpath along Hangstone Walk with its superb 180 degree views over the Mendips. We retuned to Pier Copse via Victoria Road having burnt off quite a few calories along the way. Just the excuse needed for another mince pie!
Report by Ross Janes.
Photos by Ross, and Philip Humphries.
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