Friday 9th August

After the Monument the plan is to head back onto track having gained permission to do so via a visit to Patou Alpacas, a foremost breeder of these latino mammals.

After these exotic ramblings, Vicki’s visit to the Museum of Somerset at Taunton should bring us back to earth with insight into the locality.

However the days final fling sees us end at The Cathedral of the Moors in North Curry, where the inextricable and interwoven histories of the monarchy and the church are once again revealed…

Richard the Lionheart (Richard I of England) deeded North Curry over to the Bishop of Wells, along with other possessions, in exchange for cash to pay off his ransom to the Austrian Emperor, Henry VI. In 1231 Henry III granted a licence for the Bishop of Bath and Wells to deforest the manor of North Curry and enclose the lands as parks.


Post Run

We will look for South Curry, without any chance of success. Curry, it seems, is more Current than Spice, being derived from the Saxon/Celtic word for stream.



7.30am Tiverton

9.30 drinks stop Appledore (mile 8)

10.45 The Wellington Monument (mile 13)

Vicki to visit the Museum of Somerset, Taunton

11.45 – 1pm Patou Alpacas (mile 17)

3.30pm The Cathedral of the Moors, North Curry (mile 27)

Dependent on how I feel, I may add some extra miles from Day 41 to Day 40 (today) in order to lessen the early start on Day 41.