Take a small detour to have lunch at Hay-on-Wye with a friend from Channel 4 who's at the book festival. A lovely setting and very nice elderberry wine, although stopping early means that the afternoon is longer than I would have liked.
It's hot in the sun, but the route manages to weave between the hills - one of the reasons to ride old coaching routes, which avoid steeper gradients which would tire horses.
Unexpectedly came across a toll bridge in Whitney over the River Wye, which charges me only 5p to cross. What a sweet idea!
Meet Clare in Ludlow to have a night back in Birmingham.