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