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Day 3: Askett to Watlington -
We probably ate too much breakfast because the first few miles felt tough -
The rest of the walk was comparatively easy as it was flat, but the ground was very dry and hard which isn't so good for the feet.
We had some fairly heavy rain as well as plenty of sunshine, but that was during
a fairly boring stretch of the walk. We arrived in Watlington at 5pm having walked
just over 14 miles, more than we'd ever walked in one day before. Our B&B was several
miles away in Chalgrove (Cornerstones) but we were collected by our hostess and were
brought back to the Ridgeway the following morning. We walked to the local gourmet
pub, the Red Lion, to find they weren't doing food -
Day 4: Watlington to Goring on Thames -
The weather was beautiful although it cooled down later on. There were a lot of hills,
both up and down, for the first third of the walk, but it was very pretty with great
views (Didcot Power Station excepted). The only convenient place to stop for a pub
lunch was in Nuffield, at the Crown, a little earlier into our walk than we'd have
liked and we arrived at 11-
The final stretch of the walk took us alongside the Thames into Goring. We prefer
to walk more than half the walk before lunch and that may be why we suffered more
on this day than the others. The last few miles were very tough. The ground was so
hard and my feet were extremely sore (partly caused by blisters, I found out later).
But we made it, arriving at Melrose at 5.15. We had arranged an evening meal, for
which we were very grateful as we hadn't the energy to go out looking for a pub.
Mrs Howarth fed us on roast pork with all the trimmings and apple pie and custard.
Superb value at just £5 each, and we enjoyed it immensely. But it wasn't a good night