Day 5 – Sidcot to Uphill

We slept well in the Premier Inn and so we didn’t make an early start – we waited for the rain to come on!!

It rained to varying degrees throughout the day, but we still had a pleasant day’s walking. The countryside today was more open with the first part of our walk traversing downland. We were pleased to discover we didn’t need to climb Crook Peak and instead descend down to the roar of the M5!

We were ready for a coffee break and were relieved to find St Andrews Church, Loxton was open and we could shelter from the rain and enjoy our elevenses in the dry.

From there it was up again and following a straight path most of the way to the viewing point for our lunch. We hadn’t found any shops to buy sandwiches, so lunch today was cuppa soups & cream crackers!

The route then went along Roman Road and we realised that if only we’d waited a bit longer for lunch, we could have had an even better view sitting on a bench by Bleadon Hill golf course.

The route gradually became more built up as we neared Weston-super-Mare. The last section of our walk was across Bleadon Levels, an estuary landscape with views out across the marshes.

We had made good time, so we could stop for a tea break at Uphill Nature reserve overlooking the marshes & marina.

From there, it was a short walk down into Uphill, but finding the official end of the walk was trickier. Turns out there was just a plaque on the sluice gate wall over grown by brambles! A bit disappointing after all those miles, but we did make our own official end point by going down onto the beach.

Today’s walk was 11 miles. We rewarded ourselves with dinner in the Ship Inn and a good night’s rest in ‘Rooms @ Uphill’.

R & L

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