Distance 28.34 miles, cumulative 1,017.65 miles, time 11 hrs 05 mins, walking time 9 hrs 5 mins, pace 3.1 mph, Camped Follet’s Farm
We started the day on the Strawberry Line cycle way which is named after Cheddar’s ‘famous’ strawberries – although nowhere near as famous as the cheese. The original GWR railway closed in 1965 and used to carry strawberries, dairy produce and stone.
We walked through Thatchers Cider apple orchards – not ready to pick yet.
The line passed through a tunnel and eventually reached Axbridge, a pretty little town which most people will bypass as they travel to Bristol Airport.
We skirted Cheddar Reservoir and got into the heart of the Somerset Levels where we clocked up 1,000 miles and celebrated with our first proper selfie, but when we looked at the photo we had been photo bombed by a horse.
We criss crossed the Levels on paths, disused railways, tracks and minor roads, some of which were very straight and very long.
The day was humid and the wind warm. It stayed dry and after another fairly long day we crossed the M5 via a footbridge and reached Bridgwater.
We added a few miles to our original plan today to leave ourselves with a shorter day tomorrow as we start to cross Exmoor.
Ryan will be pleased. We went into Bridgwater and walked into what we thought was a Wetherspoons but it was a copy cat, a very convincing one – The Cornhill, one of the Stonegate companies pubs.