Stolford Beach, Somerset

Follow the lane through the tiny village of Stolford near Bridgwater and you’ll come to a gravelled parking area right by the beach. A storm bank of pebbles leads down to the lower shore of shale and limestone, edged by the mudflats of the Bristol Channel. Generations of local fishermen used to ride out across the mudflats on a wooden sled (a mud-horse) to retrieve their catch from the nets that they put out at the tide’s edge. Nowadays, people come here to walk their dogs, for fishing and to see what they can find in the rock pools. The signs that warn of the dangerous mud are not to be ignored.

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