Cheddar Gorge is my favourite scenic spot in Somerset and my plan is eventually to paint every rocky outcrop of this limestone gorge.
I try and avoid peak holiday times as it gets really crowded but I couldn't resist the chance to paint in nice weather so found a spot in Horseshoe Bend.
Two days later it was still sunny so I went back to the Mendip hills to paint the view from Black Down. There is a great view across North Somerset towards the Bristol Channel and Wales. Weston and Worle are on the left and Cardiff is a speck on the other side of the channel. Black Down is the only large area of moorland on the Mendips and at this time of year is purple, green and russet from heather, grass and bracken. The grey limestone rocks of Burrington Coombe can be seen on the right