Saturday 19th May 2018
3.95 miles today. 429.25 total.
With only ‘just over 3 miles’ to walk today I could afford to take time.
Shortly after leaving the camp site I saw three horses forcing their way through the greenery ahead and onto the road.
There was a combination of ineffectual, helpful and unhelpful interventions by an increasing number of people before they were safely herded into a nearby field. Horse wrangling is not in my gift so I stood back to let those who knew what they were doing get on with it.
The rest of the journey was less eventful but still picturesque.
Here is the transition from woodland to the industrial landscape.
The cooling towers became a constant feature.
There were also hidden gems. Two women in the Co-op were selling cake to raise money for First Responders and we had a chat about why they were such passionate supporters, and I enjoyed the coffee cake. The landscape had some gems too.
I’m not sure why the last mile always seems so long, but finally I arrived at Rugeley Trent Station for my journey home at the end of Phase 3 of this adventure.
It has been a journey of delights. I knew I would see different aspects and views in the landscape, but the unexpected and the surprises and joys have been found in the many conversations, the different people, the kindnesses along the way. Those can’t be planned in advance but they add such pleasure and I’m very grateful.