Approaching Cheery Orchard Farm (left), and the farmhouse (right). Was getting tired, but the end of day nine was only two miles ahead. Little did I know it at the time, but my stay in Bradford-on-Avon was to be an eventful one. I went to a cash machine in order to draw out £200 for the final leg of the journey. Later in the evening I went for a drink and was relieved of my wallet. Despite immediate ‘phone calls to my banks upon leaving Bradford-on-Avon in the morning, to cancel the credit cards, my erstwhile thieves had managed to avail themselves of a slap-up meal, drinks, and several items of fashionable clothing. No reflection on West Country towns, but a warning to Macmillan Way travellers!

DAY TEN

An early morning jogger bids me farewell as I leave Bradford-on-Avon. On the right, the massive Tithe Barn on the outskirts of the town.

Ilford Manor bridge, featuring a ‘truncated’ Britannia. As you wander past the various manorial and domestic buildings, you cannot help but be aware of the surveillance equipment mounted high on walls, apparently following your every step...!

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This is the approach to the castle at Farleigh Hungerford - an impressive pile. I wished to visit this 14th Century relic, but it was alive with Japanese tourists, the majority of whom delighted in asking me to take their photographs. As it transpired, I decided to press on.

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