DAY 26: Welsh Bicknor to Hoarwithy (10.89m)

A short walk today. I head to the village of Peterstow where I pick up supplies, including homemade samosas, for lunch.

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Everything is very neat and ordered around here.  

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Lunch itself I have in the churchyard at the deserted little village of Sellack. The church here is the only one in England dedicated to Saint Tysilio (another dedicated church is in Wales at the famous village of Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch). I pop in to have a mooch around. 

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Leaving Sellack I cross the, rather bouncy, late 19th century suspension footbridge to take me to King's Caple.

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It's been a pleasant but unremarkable days walk until I cross the river again, into the village of Hoarwithy, my destination for the night. Here I see the church of St Catherine's. This is, by far, the favourite church among many that I have visited on my walk. Variously described as Romanesque, Byzantine and Italianate it sits perched on a hill above the village. The open cloister around the side of the church is carved with an array of beasts and patterns. Inside is marble, gold mosaic and a window by William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones.

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 Postcard of window by Morris and Burne-Jones  

Postcard of window by Morris and Burne-Jones