Grand Western Canal Tow Path to Brislington

I jumped out of my sleeping bag at 7 o’clock to the sound of a tractor very nearby thinking I was going to be splatted as I was led on a track alongside a farmer’s field. When I looked around me I saw a rather startled dog walker approaching with a big surprised smile on her face. The tractor was in the field on the other side of the hedge and I was in no danger of being run over!

Grand Western Canal
Grand Western Canal

With such a start to the day I packed up, chewed down 2 fruesli bars and got straight back onto the canal tow path coming off at West Lyng on the A361, not too busy and a nice ride to Othery.

Burrow Mump
Burrow Mump

I’m going back to Othery. I was gagging for a cup of tea and some breakfast and just as I had given up on Othery being able to offer me any such thing the last shop I saw was what looked like a corner shop. I saw bakery and cafe through the corner of my eye and did a u-turn to check it out. It’s the best bakery I’ve ever been to, I started with a coffee and a doghnut and then went for poached egg on toast with a cup of tea, just like a hobbit having first and second breakfast. There were so many goodies crammed into such a small space I wanted one of everything; if I had been in a car I probably would have!

The Somerset Levels
The Somerset Levels

They gave me some antihistamines and took me on a tour of the bakery and out back to the privy so I could splash my poor eyes with some cold water. They were so friendly, I knew I was back in Somerset – the first place I note on route where I have noticed that there is an accent and not just people that have moved to the area. The lady gave me a fiver for the pot too.

View South from Greinton to Shapwick
View South from Greinton to Shapwick

I climbed up to Shapwick and then along the Somerset Levels along the B3151 all the way to Wedmore where I stopped for a pot of tea and sent texts telling people how close I was.

Westhay Bridge
Westhay Bridge

I carried along on the B3151 and a cyclist rode alongside me to Cheddar, I’m not used to cycyling with other people and I was really aware of oncoming traffic (in front and behind) and he wasn’t budging for any of them, I felt rather embarrassed in fact! He was used to riding in groups of people so thought nothing of it.

Mendip Hills from B3151
Mendip Hills from B3151

I missed the cycle track I was looking for going past Cheddar Reservoir but it was no longer going by road. I decided at the other side of the reservoir (the Strawberry Line) to hard core it up the A38 to Bristol and home.

Nearly home!
Nearly home!

It seemed to take forever, a mixture of hayfever, tiredness, sun and hills taking their toll and the climb from Sidcot to the Airport took ages! So close, yet so far. I eventually caught site of Bristol and Barrow Lake and plodded along until arriving home gone 5pm. HOORAY!

Bristol over Barrow Lake
Bristol over Barrow Lake

31.7 mph MAX 9.4 mph AVE 5 hours 11 minutes 29 seconds 48.64 miles

260.2 miles total

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