Posted by Magnus Smith on July 11, 2022 at 23:52:38 user Magnus.
In Reply to: Re: Shewn (was shown) posted by Paul Crisp on July 03, 2022 at 03:37:22:
Looking at the map, the obvious route from Exeter to the Lake District would not be to divert wastefully westwards to Hereford, but to go past Birmingham. However, the roads were very different back then.
Once you do decide to go to Hereford, your obvious route to Cumbria is Leominster, Shrewsbury and Chester. The funny shape of the Welsh border has a bulge there, and it may be Ransome never stopped the car in Wales at all, but crossed in and out just because the straight road cut across the curved border.
What is odd is that he would divert 6 miles off the main road to Llangollen though. He's travelling due north, and would have to go due west to get there, and then back east along the very same road, before resuming north to Chester. If he needed food or petrol, Wrexham is a much bigger town only 8 miles from the point of needing to make the decision.
(John Nichols, is this enough of a strangely-specific mystery/research project for you?)
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