Day 1 – Overton Hill to Liddington Hill

Old Forge Breakfast & hospitality from Laura & we left a dash of Turkish tea for them.

14 miles to walk today from East Kennet to Liddington Castle, worked out at closer to 15miles.

In summary, partly because I have written several versions of this days blog and it keeps crashing, partly because I am now tired. Here are the highlights of the day plus a few pictures.

Wet, wet, wet, frogs, slugs, wearing very sensible but silly clothes (Dutch military ponchos) and doing Joseph and his amazing technicolour dreamcoat impressions to an elderly couple in Barbury Castle!

Halted the walk in favour of building a basha against the fence and spending an hour hiding from driving rain. Even I couldn’t sleep it was too noisy so we set off again with another 7 miles to go with squelchingly wet feet and attitudes to match.

Post 3pm the weather began to improve and we cheered the sunshine & I began to look forward to a kip somewhere comfortable, Tom to finding somewhere with Wifi and a chance to get on Facebook.


Picked up by the fantastic Rupert and transported in luxury (car!) to the B&B just up the road & made to relax with tea & cake served downstairs (we were forgiven for being barefoot as our feet looked like we had been in the bath all day). Access to dry out our wet gear – airing cupboard and washing line was offered & I collapsed onto the bed & slept, having found the day a lot harder than i thought I would. Meanwhile, Rupert booked us a table at a local pub for dinner and drove us there and back.

We couldn’t have been made more welcome and set off again after a good breakfast from Ruth, we set off with Rupert dropping us back off on the trail.

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