I have been lazy about picking out paths to run that would take me to new (to me) pubs and decided that since the rains have abated and the fields and trails are starting to dry I should at least try to pick up a few new ‘hits’ for the Pub Crawl. With Jackie working 1-9 Saturday, I opted to try for a couple I can never get to due to weird hours the days and times I have passed through before.
The first leg of this run started in Hilmartin at the Duke (previously visited after the Chippenham Half Marathon). I gave the off-road trail a bit of a chance and they weren’t too soggy but there was little traffic so I kept mostly on the roads into Compton Bassett where I stopped for a scrumpy at the beautiful and quite old White Horse Inn.
It was fairly scenic and inside there was an eclectic (some might say eccentric) bunch of mostly locals who all seemed to know one another (besides me, there was only one other pair that seemed to be out doing the typical tourist thing; they had left the muddy Wellies at the door and brought in the huge chocolate Labrador which, inexplicably, had no mud on him at all).
Wishing to linger but having to finish the route (and the house was closing for the afternoon shortly, anyway), I took my leave.