Hay-on-Wye at the foot of the Black Hills.

Finished my 5th day of hiking and ‘conquered’ the Black Hills! Yep, I know, they are only hills and not mountains, but for me – and doing it on my own – it was quite something! I actually had to walk up twice as that was how my accommodation worked out.

My last 3 days were each about 21km/13.5m. I usually reach my accommodation between 2 and 4pm on those longer days. Plenty of time to relax. Accommodations have been really good so far: B&B’s with a family feel, working farms with B&B, room above a pub.

I haven’t gotten seriously lost yet (the path does not go over roads but through fields and paddocks and the like – am actually getting braver at crossing the ones fool of cattle!) and am getting better at reading the Ordnance Survey maps. Those together with the guide book and my compass have kept me on the right path.

The weather is still quite gorgeous; so far my offerings to the weathergods have paid off!

Am currently in Hay-on-Wye, a cute little township full of bookshops which I will go and explore now.

Good afternoon from Hay-on-Wye!