The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Sunday, 4 September 2011

By St Breward to Sladesbridge

Distance: 8 miles
Number of unpleasant slug-incidents: 2 (both mine)

With the team back up to its full complement of both Jade and Becks we set out from by St Breward for a nice short day to ease Jade's leg back in gently. In fact, based on there being under 80 miles left to cover in 7 days (Becks not wanting to finish until next Saturday so that her family can travel down to Land's End to see them in), most days from here on are going to be short.

Today looked like it was going to be gentle too, but what we hadn't reckoned on was the killer stiles. It's a good job none of us suffers from vertigo with how high we had to clamber (and with the added interest of being grabbed by overgrown brambles during our dizzying manoeuvres).

There was nearly a refusal at the monster stile with what appeared to be an unavoidable (and sizeable) pool of slurry the other side, but I braved the obstacle and, except for some more bramble-snagging incidents, we all managed to get through without any unpleasant slurry-dunking incidents.

All was then uneventful, but perfectly pleasant, as woodland paths and a few lanes took us to Sladesbridge. Mick met us on the way, and his knowledge from his outbound walk saved us us any dithering at the multitude of paths in the final bit of woodland.

Happily the walk was finished whilst the sun still shone. I'm a bit disgruntled that the rain is now coming down again. This is our summer holiday in Cornwall - it's supposed to be warm and sunny!

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