The Holly Trees was very nice, clean, comfortable. Very well run by Henry and Sarah Olliffe, and usually evening meals were on, but not yesterday. So, a cheap and cheerful pub down the road did the job. It was one of those chain types, small portions out of a packet, but it did the job.
The hotel was good though, and it was very interesting chatting with Henry about his various cycling exploits, with him equally interested in our big walk.
As I was waiting in the car park for bills to be paid, etc, before we left, two Aussie girls were packing up their car with loads of bags - over here to see relatives. A lovely little chat followed, always up for a laugh those Sheilas!
"look mate, we know we're rubbish at the mo, but please don't beat our cricket team 5-0, make it 3-1 with a wash out if yer can mate!"
Ha ha, made me chuckle rather!
Anyway, leaving at 9.50 a.m. we had to weave a curved path for 2/3 hours along the Staffs-Shropshire border, until we made it to relatively straight roads. Then it was a case of get your head down and get on with it, with 24 miles to plod to Market Drayton.
Well out of urbania now, the country lanes and much quieter 'B' roads were easy to walk, with much rolling countryside to look at.