Isle of Wedmore’s Eastern Achipelago
The Eastern Archipelago
The Isle of Wedmore sits at the centre of the Somerset Levels. It is surrounded to the north and south by the shallow seas feed by the rivers Axe and Brue. Off the isle’s most easterly point are a series of small islands – The Eastern Archipelago.
The best view points to see these islands is from high up on Hare Acre Hill above the coastal hamlet of Panborough, and lower down at Christ Church in Theale with its views across the Axe.
Hare Acre Hill is criss-crossed with footpaths that provide view points across the Axe Valley.
From Hare Acre there are also views across the Brue Valley and Godney Moor towards Glastonbury Tor.
Hugging the hillside is the small hamlet of Panborough. During a single morning the mist lifts and drops changing the view dramatically.
Around the spring equinox we had a cold snap where the dawn temporature dropped to zero. Before dawn the valley floor was covered in a layer of mist.
In the distance thick clouds cover the horizon hiding the rising snow. They loom over the cathedral in the heart of the small city of Wells.
Eventually, the sun breaks the cloud bank and shines across the valley to reach Garden End Farm at Panborough.
At Garden End Farm it is the start of another hard day of work.
What a difference a day makes. Not every day starts with a beautiful mist, but thankfully the sun is much more reliable.