Thursday, 5 November 2015

Season of mists

Keats' famous line about Autumn came to mind at the weekend as a lot of the UK was enveloped by a blanket of fog. Here are some of the stunning views we saw up on Haresfield Beacon, just a couple of miles away from our house. We drove up the hill, leaving the cold and damp below us, to emerge in bright sunlight. The Beacon, an Iron Age hill fort and a Site of Special Scientific Interest, normally boasts some commanding views of the Severn Vale ( you can usually see across to the Brecon Beacons in Wales to the west, or further south to the Severn Bridges ) but on Sunday as we walked out across the hill all we could see was an ocean of fog...
The fog clung to the valley floor, barely moving, looking like snow or a frozen sea. Then the sun began to set and the horizon turned into a pink haze...
I've lived near Haresfield Beacon nearly all my life and I've walked up there countless times but I've never seen such a spectacle before. Absolutely amazing.

4 comments:

Tomas said...

Amazing views, Simon! I didn't even realise Haresfield had a beacon. I must try better at nature.

cerebus660 said...

Tom, you're the second person to tell me they've never heard of Haresfield Beacon. But at least she didn't work in Haresfield for months like you did :-)
The Beacon and surrounding area have some lovely walks and views. Well worth a visit.

Tomas said...

It's second on my list of hills to climb after May Hill!

cerebus660 said...

May Hill is a fantastic place. At the risk of sounding like an old hippy, it has an almost mystical feeling at the summit, amongst the trees...

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