Lockridge Farm was the best start to a new day that we had experienced yet. The exit out the B&B took us immediately to a footpath and then straight on the trail. No back pedaling, no rain, and no road walking. The farm is located at the highest point in the local vicinity, so we headed out to more flat ridge walking and the occasional cyclist or jogger out and about on a Sunday morning.
The trail had few other walkers on it the whole time. Its not as popular as the other long distance trails that I’ve walked, but today was Sunday and we did see a few family day walkers and dad’s out exercising with baby carriers or dogwalkers.
We did fourteen miles today, and most of it was level or down hill. The few climbs we had were gentle and not very long. We covered most of it quite quickly in about 5 hours, slowing down only near the end as the road walking started. Crossing the river from Streatly into Goring, we entered West Berkshire(our third county in four days) and into the world of Sunday afternoon cream teas and day trippers out to enjoy the sun.
A beautiful four day trip. Nikki was a great walker and we were really lucky with the weather. 48 miles. DONE!