Day 14 North Newton to Somerton 21 miles. Cumulative 251.58

We were not expecting much from a campsite right next to the M5, a site used by workers at Hinckley Point. We were pleasantly surprised, the facilities block looked like something you would find in a hotel.

Despite a much warmer night, no hats required, neither of us got a good nights sleep, which we put down to a strong coffee after dinner – we won’t be doing that again.

A foggy start soon cleared for an ideal walking day, high cloud, mild and no wind.

Our route took us over the M5 and along the Bridgewater and Taunton Canal, before switching to the River Parrett, a flat walk along good paths as far as Langport. We had some free entertainment provided by an aeroplane practising aerial acrobatics.

Old pumping house
Church at Burrow Mump

En-route to Langport we were contacted by a campsite cancelling our camping booking for tomorrow, not a lot of notice when they apparently knew several days ago they were unable to accommodate us due to mains water issues. We pondered Plan Bs as we walked.

After Langport it should have been an easy 6 mile walk along the river to Somerton. However, after walking a mile along a path through long grass we were supposed to cross a footbridge and continue on the opposite bank. Unfortunately, an in-passable gate had been erected across the footpath by the Environment Agency, surrounded by rivers and dykes on three sides, we had no option but to retrace our route back to Langport. Steve sprang into action and came up with a new route using minor roads and footpaths.

We finally arrived in Somerton a little later than anticipated. Luckily, we had bed and breakfast and evening meal booked in The White Hart.

We managed to change our onward route and find a B & B to replace our campsite for tomorrow. Time for a well deserved drink.


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