Come Together

LETJOG – Day 10: Thursday 27 May – WIVELISCOMBE to BRIDGWATER (20 miles)

Leaving Wiveliscombe . . .
. . . for a cool mid-morning Featherweight IPA, with James (and Harry) at Quantock Brewery in Bishops Lydeard – thanks guys, and good to meet you!

And back to the walking. A day of three thirds, of fairly equal distance – first and last, the rolling Somerset countryside, rural pasture and arable farmland, along country lanes and paths flanked with springtime flowers, birdsong, rabbits, and, on several occasions, hares. And then, right in the middle of all this rural idyll, for just about 6 miles, the traverse of the ‘mini-massif’ of the Quantock Hills. Over breakfast my host Simon had asked if I was going ‘over or around them?’ ‘Over, of course’ I replied, either bravely or foolishly. Either way, the range did indeed prove quite a climb, though with compensatory views that were astounding . . .

. . . looking behind, to the west, my final view of distant Exmoor, and a last goodbye to faraway Devon . . .
. . . and forward, across the Bristol Channel.

Later, arriving in Bridgwater, hot after a fine sunny day, I sat by the River Parrett awhile, before finding our Airbnb apartment, for a shower, and a place to call home for two nights! What luxury to be able to unpack properly, and the prospect of home cooking! After an hour Rachel and Alistair arrived (with a bag of clothes from home – proper clothes, properly clean clothes!), and presently my younger son Chris appeared also, via the train from Cardiff. Time for drinks on the patio, and to catch up on 10 days of adventure.

So good to be together again!

4 thoughts on “Come Together

  1. So impressed with your progress, Nick! I remember doing our LEJOG cycle ride through the wettest June of 2007, and yet thinking ‘I never want this trip to end.’ There is a deep joy about a long distance trek that I still hanker for. Enjoy every moment of yours!


  2. You are doing really well mate. Good to also see the family made it too. Put the water proofs away for now and slap on that cream!!!!


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