LETJOG – Day 11: Friday 28 May – BRIDGWATER to CHEDDAR (19 miles)
Great to have some walking company! After a good breakfast with Rachel, the three of us, Alistair, Chris and I, set off through Bridgwater for our crossing of the Somerset Levels to Cheddar. Flat, but certainly not boring, with these two for conversation all day! Perhaps not the walkers’ first choice of location (we saw no one walking, not even dog walking, all day), but nonetheless we had perfect conditions and a pleasant walk along country lanes, across meadows of long grass and through cow and sheep pastures, forever with all-encompassing distant views of the Quantocks, still rising behind us, then past Brent Knoll in the west, across the ever-approaching Mendips scarp to the north, and eastwards around to Glastonbury Tor.
Eventually, after seven hours of walking, and some tired limbs, a super welcome awaited us in Cheddar, where Rachel met us for the final part of today’s trek, as we approached Cheddar Ales Brewery. Outside, we enjoyed sampling a number of their fine beers – IPA, golden and amber, along with a couple of wood-fired pizzas – this fine ensemble tasting all the better for the day’s exertions!
And so tonight, back to our apartment in Bridgwater, to meet with Mima for a home-cooked dinner, the five of us all back under one roof together for the first time since last summer! Happy times.