Parrock Hill and The Beacon

Snowdrops - Corton Denham, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_3884

Snowdrops – Corton Denham, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_3884

Corton Denham is a small village tucked away within an amazing hills.  I went there to photograph snowdrops, but they were not yet open so I went for a walk around Cadbury Castle (Camelot Fort) and stayed to watch a sunset.

St Andrews Church - Corton Dehham, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_4146

St Andrews Church – Corton Dehham, Somerset, UK. ID IMG_4146

Frost had stayed all day on the north facing slopes of Pen Hill.

Pen Hill - South Cabury, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4050

Pen Hill – South Cabury, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4050

Parrock Hill is fascinating.  It stands tall like another Glastonbury Tor but instead of a tower it has a small line of trees.

Parrock Hill and The Beacon - Corton Denham, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4086

Parrock Hill and The Beacon – Corton Denham, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4086

These trees give the hill scale.  Its steep sides do not see much of the low winter sun.

Parrock Hill and The Beacon - Corton Denham, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4074

Parrock Hill and The Beacon – Corton Denham, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4074

I decided to pitch my tripod and watch the sun drop through the v-shaped gap between The Beacon and Parrock Hill.  I moved that tripod further and further down the footpath that runs along the valley.  Judging where the sun would go was not easy.

Parrock Hill and The Beacon - Corton Denham, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4126

Parrock Hill and The Beacon – Corton Denham, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4126

The sun quickly passes through the gap.

Parrock Hill and The Beacon - Corton Denham, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4274

Parrock Hill and The Beacon – Corton Denham, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4274

I do like those trees.

Parrock Hill and The Beacon - Corton Denham, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4335

Parrock Hill and The Beacon – Corton Denham, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4335

The last glimpse of the sun as it disappears behind the hill.

Parrock Hill and The Beacon - Corton Denham, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4370

Parrock Hill and The Beacon – Corton Denham, Somerset, UK. ID JB1_4370

Now I just had to find my way back to Cadbury Castle car park in the dark.

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