Ridge Road Red

Red Sunset - Nr Croscombe, Somerset, UK. ID 824_6080

Red Sunset – Nr Croscombe, Somerset, UK. ID 824_6080

Ridge Road

A local route known as the Ridge Road is a series of country roads that join Wells and Shepton Mallet in Somerset.  It is a rural rat run used by commuters to avoid the villages lower down in the valley plus the roundabouts of Shepton.

The ridge runs east-west and its views south are perfect for catching sunsets during winter.

Red Sunset - Nr Croscombe, Somerset, UK. ID 824_6036

Red Sunset – Nr Croscombe, Somerset, UK. ID 824_6036

Winter Sunsets

Sunsets are better, with more orange and red, in winter than in summer.  Without the haze of summer the sky is clearer allowing deeper colours.

Particles in the haze scatter all light equally dulling a sunset. With clear skies only the blue is scattered, by the much smaller air molecules, leaving just the red light.

Red Sunset - Nr Croscombe, Somerset, UK. ID 824_6066

Red Sunset – Nr Croscombe, Somerset, UK. ID 824_6066

A clear sky is not enough on its own. You also need some clouds to act as a canvas. Finally, you there must be a gap in the clouds near the horizon to let the sunlight through.

Red Sunset - Nr Croscombe, Somerset, UK. ID 824_6100

Red Sunset – Nr Croscombe, Somerset, UK. ID 824_6100

Near Dungeon Farm there is a clear line of sight to Glastonbury Tor a few miles away.  At this time of year, and from this spot, the sun sets behind the Tor.  Sadly, I did not reach the farm in time to see this.  However, the sky was still a brilliant red.

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