Friday, 23 March 2007

DAY 23: Hay on Wye to Kington

Today: 15.2 miles
Total so far: 369.4 miles
Percentage Completed: 22.1%


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A scrappy morning through muddy little lanes, trying to get phone reception to book tonight's B&B. Then Newchurch and a sea change in fortunes - one of Kilvert's churches and a little gem that does teas & coffees with an honesty box and table outside to relax. A quiet little place as close to heaven as you can get.

The springy turf and a fine views from Disgwlfa Hill more then make up for the scrappy morning. Then its down into Gladestry, too late for the pub. I knock open the Post Office and the wonderful lady makes me a cheese and pickle sandwich and a coffee, then carries my pack into her back garden so I can sit and enjoy them. These little pieces of kindness are making my journey one of overwhelming happiness.

Refreshed I gambol up Hergest Ridge (any Mike Oldfield fans out there? He lives in sight of the ridge) as the wind gets sharper and the gorse looks more and more battered. The views from the top are hazy as poor weather threatens, but it makes the ridge more personal; closer to me. Looking back I can make out Hay Bluff in the distance - it seems years away in my mind.

Time is washing over me and I am a man with no clock to measure it by, save that of distant views of the past.


  1. Dah dah dah dah dah dah dah, dah dah dah you can see the city lights....

    ooops thats Solisbury Hill by Peter Gabriel.

    Hergest ridge is radio controlled gliders ville if I am not mistraken.

    Sally O was a bit of all right, nudge nudge know what I mean....

  2. Thanks for the reminder about Mike O.
    I shall put him on the iPod right now :-)

  3. Alan...
    Didn't you nick my 'tubular Balls' record?

    Your handsome brother with hair


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