In Roman times Velvet Bottom was mined for lead. The remains of settling beds can still be seen along with heaps of black slag created during smelting. For a long time this was part of large landscape of mining across the Mendip Hills. Today it is a Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve and a beautiful place for a winter walk.
Winter snow is rare even on the Mendip Hills. But winter can bring other treats such as a mist and frost.
This tree is just hanging on in the cold. It stands at the edge of old settling ponds created down the valley.
The old Mendip Adventure Hut is still on the Ordinance Survey maps but has now disappeared. Only its concrete base remains.
In the warmth of spring the valley is transformed by bluebells. They flower out in the open and along the edges of the valley.
Back to today, and with the fading light of the winter sun it was time to return to the car.