Distance walked 12 miles
Distance left 835 miles
The weather today was as forecast - bright and sunny and quite hot at times. I was sent on my way with a full English and plenty of good coffee. Margaret walked with me for the first mile or so but then her short little legs thought they should be returning home.
I diverted from my planned road route to Chew Magna and took field paths instead, a good decision. In fact, the whole day's walking was well signposted. I hadn't been to Chew Magna for years. It's a large village that shouts, "prosperous"; a good number of large village houses and well-restored cottages. It even boasts a full-time NatWest bank and two estate agents.
I then went through Stanton Drew and visited briefly the famous stone circle.
I recall that the story behind this is that locals were dancing there on a Sunday and were turned to stone by the Devil. I stopped for lunch just before reaching Stanton Drew and then realised that I'd got a good mileage to do to get me to day's end at Saltford so I spent the whole afternoon really charging along, mainly along well signed field paths, which made for very enjoyable walking. The countryside around here is very beautiful. The path took me through some really beautiful woodland carpeted with bluebells.
I then passed through Pensford, Publow, Woollard and Compton Dando before steaming into Saltford. I found John and Philippa's home relatively easily; I haven't seen them for many years (this trip is proving a great opportunity to catch up with old friends). John and I shared a flat in Bristol for a while in another lifetime.