Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Warleigh Weir

Today, I managed to tick three things off my summer 2014 to-do list!
A) A Wild Swim in a River
B) Discover somewhere amazing in Somerset
C) Climb up a waterfall

After hearing speak of a "secret" swimming spot just on the edge of Bath from friends at work, I did some research and found a few blogs about a little place called Warleigh weir, but details of finding it exactly were a little sketchy; it really seemed this place was elusive and secret! Naturally, me and one of my best friends Jeg's who is also from Cornwall and an adventurific explorer decided we were going to have to mark this on our map and set route on a sunny day to this magical sounding place.
Today was that day, and my gosh... was it a great day.

We knew the Weir was in Claverton somewhere, and followed the SatNav into the countryside on the busy Warminster road until we lost it completely (Dang modern technology) and relied on our bearings and nature navigation skills... (by nature navigation skills I mean pointing a stick in a direction and yelling "This way!")
We parked in a little parking lay by on the busy Warminster road because I read on a blog that there was no parking down Ferry Lane and that it was a dead end. We walked through some beautiful fields instead of the busy road which was great fun and found some delightful little secret gardens and dens along the canal built by the children who lived in the canal boats. It was like something from a romantic fairy tale, old tire swings swaying from ancient trees, and billy cans and home made toys littering the forest floor. The barges were moored up permanently on the side, and it just fueled my dreams of adopting that freefolk way of life.

We finally made it to Ferry lane (But later discovered it would have been much quicker and direct to have just used the road instead of fields although also much less adventurous) and it was a charming walk down to by where you enter the weir and despite a warning that there was no parking at all... there were in fact a few (but extremely limited spaces) where one could park.

The village that surrounds the weir is idyllic, a little mill, a few cottages and a canal boat community... there's even one barge where you can buy ice creams and drinks! we didn't this time because we had plans for burgers and milkshakes for tea, but we definitely would next time!

We were greeted by a Warleigh Weir sign and hopped over a jolly style into a great field that people use for sun bathing. The farmer who owns it is very kind and lets the public use it, but if you do ever come here, please be mindful to take home yours (and someone elses) litter! It's a magical place and it would be sad to be selfish and put an end to this kind fellow sharing his field and Weir with us all.

So the weir... well it surpassed my expectations! I don't think the pictures do it justice... its just magical! I can't remember having this much fun in so long! Playing in the water falls and climbing up them... jumping in up stream into the deep cooling waters and swimming about... walking along the weir and being showered by the spray of the falls. We had so much fun splashing about and exploring, the photo's just don't do the adventure justice! The place was made even more magical by the presence of hundreds of gorgeous royal blue dragon flies (I pretended they were fairies) and we found a secret abandoned weir but I wont tell you where! It's for you to find!

Today was a perfect adventure, after spending an entire day and evening at the weir, we got Burgers at GBK then found some locks and canals to explore until the sun set and Bath became littered with stars. I got to spend it with one of my best friend's from home, and I know today is a day that will stay with me for the rest of my life. England's' countryside still has those hidden gems... those pockets of nostalgia and magic from children s novels that offer great adventure, escape from the city and make you feel like you're in a time warp.
Warleigh weir is one of those places, I'll definitely be back. Thankyou Bath for being fairy tale and magical... Im learning to love this place :) It'll never be Cornwall, but it's magic and wonderful just the same.


Searching for the Weir, the adventure begins 



 The countryside surrounding was incredible, these pictures just don't quite capture its true awesomeness


Ferry Lane that leads to the Weir 


The Canal runs parallel to the river that has the Weir, here there is a little barge selling tuck goodies!


Over the level crossing! watch for trains


We found it! 




Its more amazing and wonderful in real life, I felt like I was in Sarah heaven. Rivers...waterfalls...dragonflies and barges :P



Of course a selfie happened... v.v



Spot the dragonflies! 







The water was pleasant, it was cool and fresh! Not too murky! Im used to salty sea water, but this was great :) I've swam in lakes before, but this was my first proper river!



Leaning over the weir 


Being a shark 




















Sorry about the picture spamming, it was just such a lovely place, I feel that its space on my scrap book... the Salty Sea blog deserved a large corner :)

I can't wait to come back here... but it'll be autumn or next summer as I'm heading back home to Cornwall for my summer in two weeks time when I move house for the next Academic Year :) I bet this place is beautiful decorated with autumn leaves.
Until next time Warleigh Weir...


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  1. Aaah this looks amazing! Makes me want to head back home with the sun shining and go swimming in the river.

    Alexa
    http://alexasimagination.blogspot.co.uk
    http://thesaltyseablog.blogspot.co.uk

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