Velvet Bottom

Charterhouse - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_3836

Charterhouse – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_3836

Velvet Bottom

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.

Velvet Bottom - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4090

Velvet Bottom – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4090

Velvet Bottom - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4119

Velvet Bottom – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4119

Misty Past

Winter snow is rare even on the Mendip Hills.  But winter can bring other treats such as a mist and frost.

Frost and mist - Velvet Bottom, Somerset, UK. ID JBA_4356

Frost and mist – Velvet Bottom, Somerset, UK. ID JBA_4356

This tree is just hanging on in the cold.  It stands at the edge of old settling ponds created down the valley.

Tree - Velvet Bottom, Somerset, UK. ID JBA_4391

Tree – Velvet Bottom, Somerset, UK. ID JBA_4391

The old Mendip Adventure Hut is still on the Ordinance Survey maps but has now disappeared.  Only its concrete base remains.

Young Somerset Hut - Velvet Bottom, Somerset, UK.

Young Somerset Hut – Velvet Bottom, Somerset, UK.

Spring

In the warmth of spring the valley is transformed by bluebells.  They flower out in the open and along the edges of the valley.

Velvet Bottom Bluebells - Somerset, UK. ID 803_1589

Velvet Bottom Bluebells – Somerset, UK. ID 803_1589

And Finally…

Back to today, and with the fading light of the winter sun it was time to return to the car.

Velvet Bottom - Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4135

Velvet Bottom – Mendip Hills, Somerset, UK. ID 824_4135

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