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Archive for December 2nd, 2020

Since I’d already explored the greater part of Shepton Mallet in the previous 2 days, yesterday I decided to follow the public footpaths – it took me on quite an adventure.

Public Footpaths
A bathtub in a field….where else? 😝😝
I saw some amazing farm houses
And the stunning Kilver Court complex

I eventually ended up on the Fosseway before heading back into town to see the Christmas lights. Some of the windows look so pretty.

Perfect for a cold dark winter night

I sent the pic of the owl to my daughter to show my grandson – apparently he responded with “oooooooo” πŸ¦‰πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

The High Street

There’s a delightful cafe in the High Street called Madhatter’s – I love the decor. Next time I go past, if the cafe is open I may just treat myself.

Madhatter’s

So, despite having pretty much covered the whole town on the first day, I’m still managing to create some news routes…it’ll be interesting when I finish here on 12th, to look at all my excursions on mapmywalk and see just exactly where I’ve been.

Looking back….
Sometimes I think the farmers just make it difficult for their enjoyment πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ I did however manage to get over that

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Had a good 6.8km walk yesterday afternoon – took a slightly different route and ended up at the viaduct again but still haven’t found the lake that shows up on Google maps. Although I did see a small lake near a business park complex and a duck pond in Collette Park.

From the viaduct I went off in a different direction across a couple of fields and finally back to the main road, through Collette Park and down the High Street, then up onto the hill in time for the sunset and finally followed last nights path in reverse and back to the house.

Always good to be reminded
Last night’s path – on my left behind the fence are the manor house grounds
Manor House grounds

Did some slip sliding on the muddy paths on the hill, but managed to not fall on either my face or my derrier.

I more or less slid down that path..

The path across the hill takes you beneath what must have been a railway bridge before the 1960s purge of railway lines, its really dark and foreboding, especially in the waning light of night time – I just love it, looks so spooky.

Dark and spooky

Before setting off across the fields I visited the Kilver Court Designer Village. They have some really lovely items, and I’m glad my debit card was at the house 😁😁😁

Kilver Court Designer Village on my way back

In all a really good walk and I’m getting closer to my target for 2020 and making good progress along the virtual Great Ocean Road in Australia. Unfortunately the organisers of the Conqueror virtual challenges haven’t done any virtual postcards yet for this particular route, but I hope to receive them when they are ready.

Great Ocean Road virtual challenge
320.1kms to go by 31.12.2020

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