Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Day 15 - Chew Stoke to Tiverton

An easy ride down to West Harptree and then a very steep climb up to the top of the Mendip Hills along a narrow, wooded lane from Compton Martin. There were fine views across Chew Valley Lake from the top.

We headed across the top of the Mendips and then a lovely descent of Cheddar Gorge, which wasn't busy as we had arrived before most of the tourists.

We made our way to Wedmore then turned off into tiny lanes across the Somerset Levels, to emerge in Bridgewater. We followed the A38 out of Bridgewater, which was quite busy, so we turned off at the first opportunity and joined the Bridgewater and Taunton Canal.

We followed the towpath right into the centre of Taunton, stopping for tea and cake along the way. We were following Sustrans route 3, but couldn't pick up the route out of Taunton and had to join the extremely busy A38.

Most of the traffic turned off at the motorway junction and we continued along the A38 past Wellington, then up a long climb to cross into Devon, before descending to our overnight stop, the Travelodge at Sampford Peverell.

62.79 miles today
in 5 hrs 52 mins
Ave 10.68 mph
Total so far 897 miles

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