Springtime on the Canal Somerset England

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Boat House near to Maunsell Lock on the Bridgewater Canal

Good Friday brought the most perfect of spring days this year and for us coming out of the first stage of lockdown it was a joy to be out on the canal. The Bridgewater Taunton Canal from Maunsel Lock near North Petherton takes you through some beautiful scenery and the walk as far as Creech St Michael is around 3 miles. The area teems with birdlife and a heron was happy to stay by the canal side and give a few flying displays. The canal is well used with lots of canoes and kayaks as well as many paddleboarders. They have to make way occasionally for a barge of two coming down the canal. Fishermen line the bank and the canal contains lots of visible fish although most are quite small. Extra interest is added to this walk with the spaced out markers for the planets that give children an indication of the relative distances between them in the solar system. One feature you cannot avoid is the WW2 stop line of pill boxes running the length of the canal at regular intervals. These were constructed by General Edmund Ironside as a line of defence against German invasion. His plan was seen to be heavily flawed and he was retired gracefully on its completion. These pillboxes would have had limited effect to put it mildly and I think as you view them today that fact is very obvious. After a six mile walk the tea room at Maunsel lock is a fine way to end a lovely day.

All the photography was taken with an  Olympus OM-D E-M10 MkIII

Fishing on the Bridgewater Taunton Canal near Charlton
Tempting display of Home made Farm produce at Charlton on Bridgewater Canal
Penny Farthing Cycle on Bridgewater Taunton Canal
Apple Blossom trees near Charlton on the Bridgewater Canal
Maunsell Lock near North Petherton Somerset

Published by Neal Atherton

My passion is writing about travel and particularly French travel. I have traveled extensively in France and wine and food has always featured on my travels and now in my books. My friends always await our return from France with the latest new finds from the vineyards and I was more than happy to keep sampling. I am from Lancashire in the north of England but have now relocated to Somerset (nearer to France) and able to enjoy devoting my time to writing and new discoveries. France came late to me as a destination, in fact so conservative was my travel upbringing that it was a long time before I even ventured to Cornwall. I have more than made up for the slow start and have enjoyed helping many others with their travel plans to France and especially to Paris and Provence. I have written a series of four books on France - Three are now on Amazon:THE FIRST TIME WE SAW PARIS about our first steps in French Travel, THYME FOR PROVENCE our discovery of that glorious region and the people and places we met and discovered, A DREAM OF PARIS a personal memoir of our times in Paris with friends. France has been fun, we have been burgled on our very first arrival, we discovered the best cafe that changed our travel lives on the very next day, we learnt about French wine, we escaped from the most horrendous gite, we found the best of gites, B & B's and people, we laughed and cried with dear friends in Paris, I was hosed down by a crazy owner to cool me down in Provence, our breakfast in a remote village was served by the French army, we stepped totally out of our comfort zone and discovered the best of French culture. The experiences are varied and many and please come with me as I retell the stories and my footsteps are there to follow. I am also writing about ancestry and genealogy and my first book about our incredible family story themed around war and the military is now on Amazon - A BULLET FOR LIFE. I love the English game of cricket, golf, soccer, photography, walking and cooking. Oh, and travel of course.

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