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YHA Day 5: YHA Leominster to YHA Clun
    17/06/2013 11:50

Day 5: YHA Leominster to YHA Clun

After the 11 hour ride of yesterday, it was time for a more leisurely 25 miler from Leominster (turns out it's pronounced 'Lemster') to the sleepy village of Clun.

We seem to have a problem with leaving in the mornings. Rising at 7:30am, we're never on the road before 10:30am.The pièce de procrastination résistance this morning was the creation of 'LEJOG' out of LEGO. I really need to get out more.

Day 5 Route: YHA Leominster to YHA Clun
Mileage: 25 Miles
Song of the Day: Elgar Nimrod
Phrase of the Day: If it's not sizzling, it's not worth bothering!

No sooner had we left Leominster, were we whammed in the face with a nippy northerly wind. With the sun splattering the occasional needed ray of warmth on our backs, we soon spotted the pleasing sight of the 'Welcome to Clun' village sign. At this exact moment, my iPod shuffled its way onto Elgar's Nimrod, a morale raising classic to glide into a postcard-perfect English village.

The moment Tom found out that YHA Clun was a self-catering hostel, he became rather fixated upon the idea of finding a proper local butcher for the purposes of purchasing steak - and find it he did. By the time I entered, Pauline the butcher was deep in conversation with Tom about the ageing of steaks, whilst simultaneously chop-chopping some first class sirloins - "Mmmm…..I think they're at least 28 days old Tom." *THUD* and "Oh, it's a Hereford-Black cross breed." *THUD*

YHA Clun is full of character. A super old mill with much of its original workings left intact and on show inside the hostel. Low ceilings, nooks and crannies, wood burning stoves, York stone paving floors - a true rural farmhouse feel set in a sweeping rapeseed yellow valley. Sue, one of the volunteers who runs the hostel, gave us a great tour.

Tom offered to don the chef’s hat for the evening and, after announcing with confidence regarding the temperature of oil "If it's not sizzling, it's not worth bothering!", slapped the steaks into the sizzling pan and promptly proceeded to fill the entire hostel with smoke and awaken most of Clun with the resulting fire alarm. (Bloody good steak though.)

Tomorrow we're back in the big numbers, a good 87 miles to Liverpool. We have a rest day the day after so this evening should be... interesting.

By Harry Hosteller

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