Day 23 - Abbot's Bromley to Ilam
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We continued on through Uttoxeter, past the racecourse which should have been busy hosting a national hunt meeting but the weather was so awful the race meeting was cancelled
The route skirted Rocester, famous for housing the world headquarters of JCB. Chris met us for lunch in the car park of the JCB Academy - a converted mill for training future engineers and technicians. It looked a beautiful site and a great environment in which to study.
Moving on from Rocester we left the Staffordshire Way, which swung off left past Alton Towers, and continued north on the Limestone Way, following the line of the river Dove. It was so wet when we crossed the bridge at Ellastone that even the canoeists were inspecting the river and deciding it was not a day for paddling.
As we continued walking north towards Ilam, the terrain suddenly changed - we were in a land of limestone walls and short green grass. The land appeared better drained despite the rain. It was a fantastic finish to our day's walking down the hill into Ilam, which is nestled beside the river Manifold with amazing views of Dovedale.
We have covered more than 60 miles in the last three days and in reaching Ilam today we are a day ahead of our original schedule. We are delighted with our progress despite such difficult weather conditions. The next section of our walk in a couple of weeks will take us from Ilam, across Derbyshire, to Crowden.