Tuesday, 25 June 2013

A Picnic at Ebbor Gorge Viewpoint

As mentioned in my post last week about National Picnic Week, we did manage (eventually) to get out for a picnic.
 
Last Saturday evening we took along some home cooked food and a big flask of tea and headed a few miles south to one of our favourite Somerset picnic spots.
 
Ebbor Gorge
 
 
Ebbor Gorge is a limestone gorge and National Nature Reserve just north of Wookey Hole village, part of the Mendip Hills with several walks and climbs available.
But just to the north west of the nature reserve is a small car park and viewpoint with far reaching views for about 50 miles out across the Somerset levels, as far as Exmoor, Brent Knoll, and the Blackdown Hills.
On a clear day you can even see the Bristol Channel glistening in the distance.
 
Ebbor Gorge
 
 
The day we visited was changeable to say the least - what started out as an unexpectedly nice evening (after showers during the day) soon turned to murky clouds and blustery wind.
When we arrived at our designanted picnic bench, it was pretty obvious that any food would probably get blown away!
 
duck in a dress at Ebbor Gorge
Duck in a dress, clearly, not in a dress - a dress would have been the wrong thing to wear in windy weather...
 
 
So we retreated to the safety of our car, still with the fabulous view out across Somerset, and munched our way through the food I'd made.
 
Picnic at Ebbor Gorge
 
 
On the picnic menu was:
Cheats Pizza (take a tortilla wrap, spread with tomato puree, top with whatever you like, add cheese and bake for 10-12 mins)
Little Cheddar Biscuits (from the first series of Great British Bake Off - another blogger has helpfully explained the recipe here)
Posh Sausage Rolls (from the Recipe Swap Tent of The Hairy Bikers Mums Know Best series, the recipe can be found here, although I cheat and use ready made chutney)
Mature Cheddar and Red Onion Kettle Chips (not homemade!)
Apricot and Ratafia Sponge Cake (from BBC Good Food, recipe can be found here)
Plenty of hot and sweet tea
 
Picnic at Ebbor Gorge
 
 
Did anyone else manage to get out for a picnic last week?
 
 
 

2 comments:

  1. What a delicious sounding picnic! I do love a good car picnic when the weather isn't playing ball :) I am particularly impressed by the number of cheesy things in your picnic, not to mention the fact you made the majority of it yourself! xx

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    1. I hadn't even realised - it definately looks like there was a 'cheese' theme going on! :-) Can't beat a good bit of cheese though. xx

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