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Today is Somerset Day and a good opportunity to show this beautiful county at its best. I love my home county of Lancashire but since moving to Somerset I have enjoyed seeing its most beautiful landscape. It varies from the coast to the gentle hills and this area on the canal is the most peaceful place to walk and photograph 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