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July 13, 2015 / Robert Crouch

Sunday, 05 July 2015 – Wells

Lazy day today with a walk into Wells for a good look around, starting with a cone at the Bishop’s Palace.

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From the palace, we headed to the imposing cathedral with its twin towers and ornate carvings. There were no computers to help the people put this amazing building together.

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Wells is England’s smallest city, which might explain why the centre feels more like a provincial town. No covered shopping centres and concrete facades here – just old buildings with a cosy elegance of their own.

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Local shops and restaurants line the market square. The pavements are made of stone, not concrete flags. And there’s a gentle, unhurried feel about the shoppers.

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Lunch in the Crown started with a table in the beer garden, but the cigarette smoke drove us indoors. I’ve nothing against people who smoke, but I don’t want to smell it while I eat these days. After lunch, we headed back to base as the forecast was for rain in the afternoon. The local cows seemed to sense it.

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Five minutes after we set foot in the house, the heavens opened. We were treated to rain like stair rods, followed by a shower of hailstones before calm returned.

 Later, we headed out once more down the path but detoured up Tor Hill. It’s a pleasant climb through the woods, breaking out into a meadow at the top, but the trees blocked any view of Wells below. It didn’t matter – Harvey was enjoying every moment, and so were we.

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