Thursday, 31 July 2014

Thursday, 31st July

Due to local knowledge, and a lot of practise walks, Clive has been able to guide us through Somerset along the forest paths and valleys. Well done Clive, much better then road walking. The walk yesterday was interspersed by beautiful views of the Bristol channel as it flows out to sea near Minehead.
Thanks for the lovely evening we enjoyed with our Tuesday night host, Iowerth, and his friends, and also for the donation.

 Yesterday, we stopped at the 'Periwinkle Tea Rooms' in Selworthy Green (NT) and were treated to a lovely cream tea as well as being given a generous donation from Hayley Richards and staff. Anyone finding themselves in that locality, it's well worth a visit. Tell Hayley 'Kevin the walker' sent you!
 Thanks are also due to Ann and Martin for giving us accommodation last night in their B & B 'The Butterflies' in Porlock. Lovely place!
I'm looking forward to entering Devon soon and then there is only Cornwall to go!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Tuesday, 29th July

Phil's part of this adventure has now come to an end. Thank you, Phil, for your help and companionship. I hope you had as much fun as I did!
I have now been joined by Matthew Fisher, who will walk with me this week.
 Sunday was an enjoyable rest day. We were invited to a BBQ with the Bristol, Weston and Taunton Nazarene churches. Thank you to them for their support and generous donations.
 Yesterday, we walked to Bridgewater. Clive, from the Taunton church, decided to walk a few days with us. Welcome, Clive!

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Saturday, 26th July

We have now passed over the Severn Bridge, which is a 5249feet bridge that took us from Wales back in to England. Luke has now left us and Phil and I have continued on. I am very thankful to Luke for his help and companionship over the past couple of weeks. I hope he enjoyed his End to End experience!

 Phil and I enjoyed a day and a night in Bristol where we were very well looked after by Rev. Matt Norris and our friends at Bristol Church of the Nazarene. The church also ran a "Water Walk" fund-raiser, which raised an amazing 462pounds for our cause!

The Norris family took time to show us around Bristol. Here we are with Daisy and Gabriel Norris at Bristol Zoo.

Bristol is the site of John Wesley's first Methodist Chapel - The New Rooms. Here I am (left) in Wesley's pulpit and (right) with a statue of Wesley.

Bristol is also home to the spectacular Clifton Suspension Bridge. An impressive sight!

Today, Phil and I continued on our way, into North Somerset. Tomorrow, I will say goodbye to Phil and will be joined by Matthew.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Wednesday, 23rd July

Yesterday (Tuesday), we walked from Hay-on-Wye to Llanvihangel. We walked up a very steep incline, but were rewarded at the top by some spectacular views of Herefordshire. We slept in a 14th century CofE church, next to the graveyard, so I was thankful to no longer be on my own! The 12th century local inn used to double as a court room, and people caught stealing sheep would be hanged from the stair-case railing!
Phil, Luke and I are now in Monmouth, which is a very interesting town. We enjoyed looking at Monmouth Bridge, which is the only remaining medieval bridge in Britain. Monmouth is also home to the White Castle, which was the birth-place of Henry V in 1387.
We are all healthy and happy and will soon be leaving the welsh hills behind us.