With mist obscuring the view beyond the end of our garden at 8am, it did not seem a very favourable day for a walk to Crook Peak. However, by 9.30am it had cleared a little and four intrepid walkers met me at the Strode Road car park.
When we arrived at the base of Crook Peak 40 minutes later the visibility had improved a little. The climb began with a short walk into the picturesque village of Compton Bishop, listed in the Domesday Book as Comtone and the property of the Bishop of Wells. We briefly visited the ancient Church of St Andrew where there is a fascinating board listing of all the vicars since the year 1312 in the south doorway.
We then followed a gradual climb on a good path to the Peak, which is 191m or 627ft high. As we made our way up, the sky cleared a little and there were views back along the West Mendip Way. When we reached the summit, Brent Knoll, Cheddar Reservoir and Nyland Hill were appearing out of the mist.
A shorter path was taken back down to the cars. The walk took just over two hours. We then drove to the nearby New Inn at Cross where a very good lunch was had by all.
Report by Ross Janes
Photos by Ross, and Mike Allison
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