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B&B was ok in the end, smelt damp when I arrive. Took longer route along canal. Lots of ups and downs today and lots of long barrows including hetty peglers tump which you needed a torch for because you went in so far. Climbed tyndale beacon which got narrower and narrower as you got higher, not much space at the top. Weather good again, a bit cooler today ...
Glorious weather (to hot for some) all the tourist attractions were packed with visitors. The inn I stayed at last night were hopeless 08.30 breakfast meant that's when the chef got up, didn't get going till 10. 21 miles and 5000ft of ascent , I'm well and truly cream crackered, be glad of an easy 15 ...
... with an attitude like that.
We headed down past the Secret Hills Discovery Centre and out into the trees, up the very steep Nortoncamp Wood. The dog, joyfully not attached to me, disappeared in the wood and I had to shout for him, cursing the irony of him not being on the lead. He came back, of course, but I knew the gods were laughing at me.
I arrived at Norton and followed a bridleway across fields to Bache, where I somehow ended up on a lane running past ...
... very little under me I couldn't help falling over lots! We spent our ten minute trying to stand and run, but mainly flailing, and also trying to bump into each other's bubbles. We could only stay in the zorbs for 10 minutes, because any longer would have used up all the oxygen in the ball and we'd have had problems! It was really fun and a very strange experience, and the photos are very amusing! (I think I'm stood up in maybe two photos ...
... literally up the attic and down to the servants quarters, many of these areas barred from tourists! Great to be given the full tour and shown so many aspects of its 'life' (last owners, the Cawleys sold to English Heritage - we were to meet Lord Cawley in church that night!)
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