Today I left the hills behind for a while. It has been wonderful if tiring walking in the old wooded lanes and paths of the Quantocks. This morning I descended on to the Somerset Levels. The change of landscape is quite abrupt as is the increase in traffic and an associated rise in noise level. I crossed the M5 three times, two over and one under the motorway.
There was a bit of construction related bother on the tow path of the Bridgewater and Taunton Canal. Bob and I converged on the Boat and Anchor, a canal side pub, and enjoyed some early lunch.
Later I obtained some local strawberries at a farm. These are grown in polythene tunnels and taste delicious.
I walked passed the campsite on the edge of Bridgewater where we stayed in Hannah’s end to end in 2012.
Footpaths lead me along fields and across the drains that criss cross the levels. My final path of the day was alongside the King’s Sedgemoor Drain, one of the largest. The battle of Sedgemoor was fought in this area in 1685. Day 22 finished in Bawdrip.
Many of the churches were dedicated to Mary so for today, here’s a reflection on the Magnificat:
Come let us make God bigger, as Mary did.
Let us rejoice in knowing God, as Mary did.
For like Mary, we are not important in the universe.
Even so, God has blessed us, as Mary was blessed.
Through us God’s ways may be known in the world, just as Mary made them known, lifting up the poor and humble, casting away the arrogant ones.
For we are part of the human family stretching back to Abraham and Sarah, through whom God promised many things, just as Mary was.
And so we too give Glory to God, Creator, Son and Holy Spirit, as Mary did.
The 22nd day of the End to End, from King’s Cliff Wood to Bawdrip.