Follow the torch: blazing a trail from Land's End to... Bristol

Tuesday 05 June 2012

The London 2012 Olympic Flame is travelling for 70 days. It will pass within an hour of 95 per cent of people in the UK. Each day the flame travels with sponsors, security, assorted media, coaches, trucks and, of course, the individuals who have the honour of carrying it. It will also be transported by boat, balloon, helicopter and steam train. In all, 8,000 torchbearers will have their moment. And for four days from Land’s End to Bristol we had ours. Well, quite a few moments actually. Although this was one small step for the flame, chasing it for four days over three counties proved quite a giant leap for us. We wanted a taste of the crazy brilliance of this once in a lifetime event. But we also wanted to experience first-hand some of the destinations, wonderful sights and landscapes that will bathe briefly in the glow of the Olympic flame as it moves relentlessly towards the Olympic stadium. We'll be on the road again soon to follow the torch, but in the meantime, here’s a round-up of our trip as we experienced it…

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