Day 9 – Tregaron to Llechryd (71km)

The waystation at The Long Barn

Only one day of cycling left, and it does feel like we are on the home strait. Today has been a relatively easy day of pedalling – thanks, in large part, to the altimetry, which has been strongly in our favour (823m up but 974m down, and we really noticed the extra down!). I haven’t managed to catch a glimpse of the sea yet, but it must be coming…

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Day 7 – Letton to Llandrindod Wells (67km)

Croeso y Gymru!

Up at a sensible hour this morning and a very good buffet breakfast: fruit compote and granola, still-warm fresh bread and a croissant, which set me up nicely. We spent the majority of the day cycling along the beautiful Wye Valley while, above us, the landscape slowly changed from the hills of the Marches to the hills of Wales itself, all bracken-and-gorse-covered and smelling like the holidays of my childhood on Anglesey. It was all intensely green and beautiful, if a bit chilly and occasionally damp – though, as I’ve said on other days, I’m bothered surprisingly little by the rain on this trip, perhaps because it’s all part of the pilgrimage experience.

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Day 6 – Knightwick to Letton (55km)

Elgar, perusing Hereford Cathedral

Now, Herefordshire, you are very pretty (yes, even under scudding, heavy clouds), but we really need to talk about potholes! We were warned last night at the hotel that once we crossed the county border from Worcestershire the road surface would literally deteriorate – and it was indeed a very striking change, which made me realise I’d cycled all yesterday barely needing to worry about it at all! And of course the rain compounds the problem because every puddle could be inches deep…

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Day 5 – Warwick to Knightwick (100km)

Worcester Cathedral by the Severn

Today has been unexpectedly (and too) long – sure, there were a couple of diversions, but I ended up cycling just over 100km, and it was much hillier than the long day in the Fens. The cycling suddenly became much more clearly The Cotswolds – and we’ve ended up in Elgar land, with the Malverns just out of sight. I didn’t take a huge number of photos because I was really focused on getting to Knightwick before last orders for dinner at 8…

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Day 1 – Lowestoft to East Harling (80km…plus an unanticipated 11km)

The Kirkley Rectory waystation

Today has been….long. I knew it’d be a fairly hefty day (80km when you aren’t sure how much will be easily cyclable is never to be sniffed at), but it ended up being significantly longer – several unexpected and unavoidable detours, due to the map that Sustrans and Komoot had between them cobbled together (with some amendments from me) being unaware of some rather key features of the East Anglian bridleway system. We set off at nearly 10:30 (I know, I know…far too late!) and arrived after 7:30 in the evening, with great relief, to the lovely Sunset House B&B in East Harling – which has just lived up to its name with a truly spectacular sunset. We’ve just finished a Chinese takeaway that we picked up from the centre of the village, and I think we are both going to sleep very well.

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