Day 100 - Mum & Dad back to join us!
Trip Start Jun 12, 2010
147Trip End Nov 18, 2010
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We walk off down the long driveway at 9.30 and are soon leaving Pandy in our wake as we walk through rolling farmland until we reach the enticing old church at Llangattock-Langoed
By now it is noon and we are ready for an unusually early lunch. Even though a very light misty rain falls, we have ideal seating here in the Castle, and it does not spoil the packed lunch which Keith had provided for us. While Debby toured the grounds of the Castle after lunch, snapping photos from every angle, Keith quietly read the magnificent history of the place. The Castle is one of 'the Three Castles' which probably date from 1067 when William the Conqueror gave this area to one of his trusty supporters, William fitz Osbern, to control the Welsh Princes in the area. William became the Earl of Hereford and although the Three Castles were started then, it was over a hundred years later before White Castle became the impressive landmark that it is today. After a 45 minute break and no movement, we were beginning to get a little cold so we dug deep into the day bag to find the sustaining bottle of Sloe Gin which Angela had so kindly added to our support kit
Our walking after lunch continues to be mainly across farmland and for the first time we see a field in mixed usage with pigs joining the sheep. We carry on sometimes along country lanes, but all very quiet. At one point our walk takes us directly through the Bulmer cider apple orchard. It is interesting to see the numbers of trees planted in strict rows and laden so heavily with fruit which is already beginning to drop onto the floor of wood chippings under the trees. More fields await us until we hit the River Trothy which then accompanies us for a while until we walk into Kings Wood. Here we have our main incline of the day rising to a mere 150 mtrs above sea level, before inevitably descending back through the woods and out onto Watery Lane which leads us into Monmouth. It would be lovely to think that our special Day 100 would be marked by glorious weather, glorious views or a glorious track. Under today's leaden sky with occasional light misty rain and confined mainly to unremarkable farmland, it was not to be. It was, in short, an average day of slightly above average duration. By the time we had done dinner by walking up into Monmouth town centre from our Hotel and back again, we were to complete 33 kms.
The highlight of the day however, was the return of Colin and Phyllis, our trusty 'mum and dad' support team