Distance walked 16 miles
Distance left 998 miles
I left early before the JCB started up and before Tim was about. I had a really good night's sleep. This was a great night's halt. I really struck lucky. It had rained a little during the night but I packed up in the dry although it came on to rain not long after. It rained on and off all day but it was not a great problem.
The way took me over Castle-an-Dinas, a neolithic camp, very windy but quite impressive. I made contact with my hosts for tonight at a call box at Tregonetha. A short way on, I saw a signpost for a hamlet named Demelza; surely the inspiration for Demelza in Poldark? Then on to Withiel, Ruthernbridge and on to the Camel Trail which I followed all the way to Hellandbridge, my hosts, David and Jill meeting me along the way. We shan't dwell on the wrong turning I took on the trail, heading into Bodmin! A little aberration.
At Ruthernbridge I came across this Morris Minor; there was possibly another but it was beneath a green tarpaulin.
We are now at a village near St. Endellion where, if I manage to stay awake, I shall enjoy a Messaien string quartet at St. Endellion Church, part of the Easter Festival there. Supper has been typical hiker's fare - starting with scallops, followed by rare fillet steak with frite followed by local cheeses and strawberries with clotted cream.