Walking blog #6

By the side of the Kennet & Avon canal with a string of 23 people having an extended lunch break on our most leisurely day of the whole week. The Vale of Pewsey is bathed in sunlight – I can use that phrase for the first time in weeks – with cornfields stretching on either side up to the high downs of Tan Hill and Mill Hill in the distance and the Alton Barnes white horse visible. We’re here with Uisge Beatha, the narrowboat owned by Craig and Kirsty, with us all the way today carrying instruments, bags and currently a huge range of food laid out. A unique day, not head down into wind and rain checking off each footstep but enjoying the surroundings and each others’ company. A cracking session in The Crown last night, totally packed with Verity Sharpe and John Taylor playing host to a full-on singing and playing evening. Lovely to see and hear Bob and Jill Berry – what a wonderful voice Jill has. Our thanks to Vaughan and the regulars who will probably long remember the spontaneous outburst of Sir Roger de Coverley in the smallest space ever. Another 2 hours walking and we should be in Devizes for our gig this evening but already looking forward to the Village Pump festival at Westbury on what could be the first sunny weekend of the summer.

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