Distance: 21,4 km (13,3 mi) for a total of 391,4 km (243,2 mi)
Ascent (ca.): 920 m (3010 ft)
Weather: Cloudy with cold wind in the morning, sunshine and more cold wind in the afternoon
Knowing that I had to retrace my steps from yesterday for quite a stretch of steep road-walking I wasn’t really eager to start, but finally set off. The first sight of the day was a very sad one:
A little later I came across this sign and amused myself with wondering what horse drawn animals the designer had in mind …
The walking was still on bridleways but the path’s condition was much better than yesterday and would have allowed for fast progress if it hadn’t been for the wind. It was a constant fight to remain upright and without my walking sticks I’m sure I’d have miserably failed at certain times. But by reminding myself to just set one foot in front of the other I managed pretty well.
Sooner than anticipated I reached Dunkery Beacon. Up to this point I’d seen literally nobody, but this changed from here on. I then followed a track to Wootton Courtenay where I hoped to find some tea. But the only restaurant I found was closed (no surprise being well after lunchtime and equally well before the evening). The village shop was also closed, so my willingness to support the local economy didn’t bear fruit.
The number of ways available behind Wootton Courtenay could have been confusing, once again the map on my GPSr proved to be very useful. I bent my steps towards the youth hostel of Minehead where I was lucky to secure a bed, evening meal and breakfast, so tomorrow will see a good start again.