Day 20

Gloucester to Tewkesbury - 13.8 miles (310.4 total) If anyone had said to me, when I was planning this adventure, that I would have to travel 300 miles and wait until Day 20 before meeting my first walker, I would have thought they were madder than me. Amazingly, that's what happened, and not a minute …

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Day 21

Tewkesbury to Worcester 19.4 miles (329.8 total) The good weather that had been well forecast arrived exactly as predicted today. After a hazy start the day just got warmer and warmer. My app showed 24C later in the day but the temperature earlier could have been higher than that. I started a longish day with …

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Day 24

Wolverhampton to Stafford - 20.6 miles (390.8 total) John had difficulty finding accommodation for us in Stafford on a Saturday night so booked us in for two nights at the same hotel in Wolverhampton. The benefit of this was that for the first time since Day 1, Lands End to Penzance, I enjoyed the luxury …

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Day 25

Stafford to Stone - 9.3 miles (400.1 total) John, Trevor and I all walked the short distance to Wolverhampton railway station this morning, but we were travelling in opposite directions. They were both headed south and home, I was going north back to Stafford to pick up where I left off yesterday. It took less …

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Day 27

Kidsgrove to Macclesfield - 18.5 miles (433.4 total) Because last night's hotel wasn't actually in Kidsgrove it cost us an extra 2 miles to get back on track. The day was dry for starting but the lady giving the regional weather forecast promised showers. We walked into Kidsgrove and picked up our canal for the …

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Day 28

Macclesfield to Hyde - 17.8 miles (451.2 total) Macclesfield had a surprisingly pretty town centre, part-pedestrianised, sitting on a hill above our hotel and the railway station. After yesterday's developments we thought it prudent to have some breakfast before leaving. Last night we spotted a Costa Coffee shop in town so that was our first …

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Day 29

Hyde to Manchester (Old Trafford) - 9.15 miles (460.35 total) Because yesterday's accommodation was slightly off my map it meant that today was a shorter day because we cut a winding canal corner from our route. We had a proper breakfast at the hotel and took our time about setting out. My washing from last …

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