Despite stopping overnight close to the “classic” Severn Bridge we elected to enter Wales further North thereby avoiding the £6.50 toll, money that clearly isn’t spent on repairing the road surface on the crossing. This was a much more pleasant way to get to Hay, our ultimate stopping point, than a blast along the M4.
We have been on a health kick lately and I have managed to meet my step target for the last three weeks so I really wanted to make sure I continued that trend. To do that we needed to find a walk of several miles. A quick search online turned up this walk which was only five miles and a circular route starting from the car park in Hay.
The instructions for the walk were pretty good but as soon as they are committed to print (or blog in this case) things change. Trees grow, fences are put up, steams choose a new path etc. and so you have to be constantly vigilant that you have remained on the right path.
So we found ourselves on a number of occasions not being entirely sure that we were where we were supposed to be. In these situations it becomes very easy to find yourself making the landscape around you fit what you want, nay need, it to be. To make matters worse one stile looks pretty much like another. We spent an interesting five minutes looking for a set of “distinctive metal railings” which we eventually found more by luck than judgement.
Clearly given that I am writing this blog (from the really excellent The Bear Bed & Breakfast) shows that we did make it back successfully.
Tomorrow we hit the books shops.