Skirting the edge: Day 0
Well having made the call to leave, even though the radiator has a small crack in it. I am happy to say (finger crossed) all is well, no water or coolant was used today. Expect this to be an ongoing mechanical issue each day going forwards.
Having left my house around 6am this morning I plumped myself on the motorway at a steady 55mph (a few artic lorries over took) and slowly I headed south towards the official start of the #skirtingtheedge drive. That being the Seven View Motorway service son the English side of the M48 crossing. I can say without doubt this is by a long way the worst motorway services I have ever visited!
Having left the services around 9:30am I headed along the coast (not the motorway) into Bristol and over the Clifton Suspension bridge. A pound well spent, as the view were great.
From here it was onto the real coast where sand and pier’s and in the case of Weston-Super-Mare Donkies. First stop was to the north of Weston where the old Pier still exists, but all burnt out.
The drive around the headland to here was very pleasant, as the road signs ask coaches to use the other main road, so when I met a double decker bus I was forced to reverse into the hedge a small amount and close my wing mirrors.
From here it was down into Weston-Super-Mare itself and a quick dash to the beech to collect the first sand sample (more on that when I get home). I didn’t want to pay the £6 minimum parking charge! I fear this will be the norm in terms of parking fees unless I find a well away from the beeches. Its also a Sunday today and the beech carparks are full, the kids are all out screaming and the Ice cream is being sold like no tomorrow.
Weston-Super-Mare gave way to Breen Head, where one can park on the beech (but again costs a lot even for a few minutes) but luckily I found the £1 carpark next to the National Trust Shop so parked up there for sample 2 of sand. and a walk on the beech.
The next destination for today was Burnham on sea followed by Blackwater. However the road out of Breen was closed due to an overturned caravan, so I had to retrace my steps along with most of the motorhomes and caravans so it took a fair amount of time to get to Burnham on sea. Only to find all the parking was full and no opportunity to stop and take in the sights was really possible. I have been here before and spent the entire day on the beech before, so I know what I missed.
Once at Blackwater I returned back up the M5 to my overnight stop at Rooksbridge Post Office with some good friends. I am now looking forward to a steak at the pub tonight and maybe a swift half. For now its enjoy the afternoon sun, check the car over and prepare for leg 1, all the way to the Lizard tomorrow.