Mark Yeo is not just a cool person’s way of saying hello to a friend. It is also a river in Somerset. Or, more accurately a short section of waterway in Somerset? Either way this swan family in Mark seem to like it.
You know I cannot resist a sunrise, so here is another one. This was captured at the small but very long village of Mark.
The Mark Yeo started its life back in the 13th century as a man made waterway connecting the River Brue with the River Axe. In linking these two rivers it improved travel from Glastonbury Abbey to the sea.
Today it is no longer connected to the Brue. Instead it helps drain the Somerset Levels by connecting to the North Drain just before that drain connects to the Brue. If you have seen my recent posts you will know I have been following the trail of the North Drain. A beautiful waterway whose name doesn’t do it justice.
Yeo is an old English word for river, as as it flows through Mark there should be no surprise that it is named the Mark Yeo.
It still meanders north from Mark to join the River Axe. From there they flow together to the sea.
While waiting for the sun to appear this rook regularly came out to this distant branch to call out. Behind it the pre-dawn sky was a perfect orange.
Mark is well known for possibly being the longest village in the UK. However, there is some competition for this accolade! However, in a vertical dimension its skyline is dominated by its church tower. Early in the morning the sun was playing with the gaps in the between the leaves of the sycamore trees that line the river.
My favourite location in Mark is this path that runs along the river. Today, as autumn approaches its colours are beginning to change.