Day 52 Hampton Loade to Holt Fleet Sunday 3 July

Distance 19.56 miles, cumulative 885.41 miles, time 8 hrs 35 mins, walking time 6 hrs 40 mins, pace 3 mph, camped The Wharf Caravan Park.
We continued along the Severn Way past hundreds of angling pegs, the majority belonging to the Birmingham Angling Association. The footpath was good and well waymarked. We had the steam railway for company until Bewdley by which point the railway and Severn Way had crossed to the east bank. We stayed in the western side and used the North Worcestershire Way into Bewdley which is a favourite spot on account of a particular cake shop

http://www.kimmylovescake.co.uk

which makes amazing chocolate brownies and a Wetherspoons – The George Hotel.

Regrettably, as we are a day behind our original plan, the cake shop was closed on a Sunday. Steve threw a hissy fit and we had a breakfast wrap and endless coffee in Wetherspoons as compensation.

For those family and friends who we gave a copy of our planned schedule, we added a day when we split the Carney Pools to Telford Day into two. Fortunately it does not alter the day we plan to finish at Land’s End which will be Saturday 23 July. Our schedule does show Friday as our last day but we had decided to split the last day, Penzance to Land’s End in two, by stopping at Treen to give us a very short last day. We will not do this now and our final day will be from Penzance to Land’s End on Saturday. We have train tickets booked on the Sunday from Penzance to Exeter.

From Bewdley we walked in to Stourport which is chalk and cheese to Bewdley. Stourport has a permanent funfair by the river and was busy. Stourport is where the River Severn is joined by a series of locks to the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal and from here the River is navigable to larger boats. Stourport has a large marina and the River downstream has locks to enable the pleasure craft to pass the weirs.

We continued to pass anglers, caravan sites and a horse eventing and training centre. This stretch has numerous moorings and riverside pubs which with today’s glorious weather were busy.

We reached our campsite and enjoyed the sunshine. 

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2 thoughts on “Day 52 Hampton Loade to Holt Fleet Sunday 3 July”

  1. Oh dear this is getting quite worrying. Lots of photographs of boats and too much talk of fishing and golf! Retirement is really starting to kick in, not to mention the talk of tea rooms and cake shops. We are glad that you’ve enjoyed some more sunshine and that you’re not being attacked by midges and mosquitoes anymore.

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  2. You really picked the the right spot for walking in glorious sunshine . Your Mom and I often drove to Stourport and walked along the river, some times had a picnic or a snack in one of the many pubs, but does get very busy on a fine day.
    Still no photos from your stay in Telford, keep trying. I’m sure they will come across one day.

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