This was a very tiring last stretch to Perivale in West London. We think that the walkers of 20 years ago underestimated the mileage and that it was more like 15, not 12 miles. Looking at the distance, Mary, Sally and Gomathi decided to start early from their B and B, while Elizabeth and Paul, coming from Muswell Hill would aim for 11 am as advertised.
So here are three of us at the start and we never saw Paul and Elizabeth who were always about five bridges behind us.
It was a very long and rather uninteresting stretch. We saw the odd bit of wildlife near the towpath.But mostly it was industrial and seemed to go on for ever.Mary’s second pair of boots had had enough. ‘Boots behaving badly,’ said Gomathi, who tried to patch them up. But it was no good and Mary had to resort to sandals.
Finally about 7pm the first group arrived at Perivale, and Elizabeth and Paul made it about an hour later. Here are Gomathi and Sally at Bridge 13, Perivale. We thought we would never make it, but we did.
So back to the same bridge tomorrow for the final stage into London, blisters permitting.