Day 12

Wellington to Taunton - 10 miles (188 total) What I thought was going to be a straightforward amble in to the county town of Somerset, Taunton, turned out to be just a little bit stranger than I anticipated. Yet again there was a dampness in the air as I ventured out. No rain arrived, though, …

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Day 14

Bridgwater to Burnham on Sea - 13.6 miles (215.6 total) Today’s walk was part of a new one for me, The England Coast Path, following the River Parrett towards the Bristol Channel then continuing to Burnham on Sea. I am told that Bridgwater is the main distribution centre for the South-West. This must be the …

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Day 15

Burnham on Sea to Congresbury - 16.6 miles (232.2 total) I put a lot of thought into finding my best route from Bridgwater to Bristol. Most recognised way-walks head towards Glastonbury and the Mendip hills but this seemed too circuitous when I am seeking the most direct route. Also, I wanted to avoid any unnecessary …

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Day 16

Congresbury to Bristol - 17.2 miles (249.4 total) Last night I stayed outside Congresbury, so this morning's walk took me through a golf course, across 3 fields, then into the town itself. One of the fields had some quite hostile sheep in it and, crazy as it sounds, I was relieved to clang the gate …

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Day 17

Bristol to Severn View - 15.6 miles (265 total) Reaching Bristol allows me to declare that I have officially exited the South-West. Instead of travelling at a sideways angle in a north-easterly direction, I can now set course up the Severn Estuary, mostly walking the Severn Way, with the intention of heading north following canals …

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Day 19

Frampton on Severn to Gloucester 9.8 miles (296.6 total) I woke up to the sunshine streaming through the curtains. Looking outside, however, there were huge puddles all around, so I must have slept through some heavy overnight rain. Today is a (relatively) short day's walk, following the canal into the centre of Gloucester. Cooked breakfast …

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