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YHA Day Three: Bundu Campsite to YHA Cheddar
    13/06/2013 10:09

Day Three: Bundu Campsite to YHA Cheddar

Today was easily our longest day, 86 miles. After yesterday's set back at the hospital, we needed to make up some miles to get back on schedule.

Day 3 Route: Bundu Campsite, Dartmoor to YHA Cheddar, Somerset
Mileage: 86 Miles
Song of the Day: 12 Days of Christmas - (altered words)
Phrase of the Day: The Cheddar Munchers

Today we became The Cheddar Munchers - munching miles all the way to Somerset. And what delicious miles they were to munch. The extreme hills slowly began to flatten out and undulate more gently. The views across the countryside were expansive and a pleasure to peruse.

 

We stopped for a rest by an ancient bridge over the River Exe.

After a bite to eat and a snooze on the side of the road, two chaps on well-travelled bicycles pulled up next to us. Paul and Julian were nearing the end of their John O'Groats to Land's End - the opposite route to us. It's always a bit of a worry meeting JOGLErs as you never know how they'll describe the roads ahead. However, their description of what we had yet to come sounded awesome, their faces particularly lit up when describing Scotland. In terms of physical stamina, they described how eventually your legs go numb to the cycling, round and round they go, all day, everyday... ours have definitely not gone numb yet but I look forward to the day they do, and my sprained wrist!

Luck was wished between us fellow cyclists and onwards we sped. The rolling hills of Devon turned into the Somerset Levels... level, flat! We picked up our pace and soon were on the outskirts of Taunton. It would be rude to cycle through Somerset and not have a cider or three. The marvellous Max of Sheppy's Cider's farm shop supplied us with the sweet alcoholic nectar of the apple tree and directed us to the orchards to sip and rest. Delicious.

We glided swiftly through Taunton, Bridgwater, Woolavington, Wedmore and then to our resting place for the night - world famous for its cheese - Cheddar. I write this sitting in YHA Cheddar’s cavernous conservatory, just having devoured a delicious dinner.

By Harry Hosteller

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