The weather forecast was great for this 12-mile day, so it was really disappointing when Dean reluctantly decided he needed a rest day as he had severe toe pain. He was able to get a lift with an Australian couple who were staying at the same pub. Unfortunately, the next B&B did not open for check in until 4pm. The market town of Kirkby (pronounced Kirby) Stephen beckoned. Dean saw the opportunity for a fine shave, hot towel, and ear waxing at a local barber, but did not realize that he could not pay as he had no pounds and they did not accept cards or dollars. The barber was very understanding and did not press it. Dean’s monetary adventure continued with a bank refusing to exchange his dollars, 2 ATMs not working, and then cash back not working at a grocery store. With lots of the afternoon to go, he found a park bench to sleep on… He was very happy he could return with some pounds after we met up, and I’ll be making sure he doesn’t go wondering off by himself again without some local cash!
Meanwhile, the rest of us embarked on our 12.4 miles which took us just less than 6 hours. The weather and the scenery made it a fantastic “grand day out” in the English countryside. There is a stone circle and some old settlements near the path, but we just enjoyed the scenery while getting the miles in. We had lunch by the remains of an old railway with a fantastic viaduct, and I was able to get a bit of drone flying in though it complained about the wind! Onwards we marched, and it is best described by the photos below. It was all so pleasantly scenic, with the tranquility disturbed only by bleating and mooing – indeed, sometimes an awful lot of it!
We met up with Dean at our B&B with an hour to kill, which was just enough time for a Costa coffee. On check in, we were welcomed with a fine cream tea. After freshening up, dinner was at a fine Indian restaurant in town. Having walked all day, we could eat without feeling overstuffed!
Tomorrow is a hike up to the “Nine Standards” on the Pennines. This marks the watershed between the Irish and North Seas and is close to the middle of the whole walk. Previous reports of this leg have described horrifically boggy conditions, but recent reports indicate that the dry weather has helped and it’s not too bad. We will find out tomorrow! The views from the top are said to be fantastic, and Dean is not going to miss it!
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5 thoughts on “Coast to Coast Day 8: Orton to Kirkby Stephen”
Sounds like a fabulous day. Scenery stunning. Hope the big is not too bad tomorrow. Tell your daughter to get her boots out and save the hokas till the next day! Really enjoy your blog.
Oh Poor Dean!! You will not live this one down my friend!!!🤣🤣🤣
We are glad you had a great day today!
Thoroughly enjoying following along on your adventure from C2C! Thank you for staying up long enough to beautifully describe each days journey when you’d much rather be sawing logs. I love all the details you throw in and the photos are amazing. I’m ready to pack my bags! Two questions. #1-What are the red marks on the sheep? A “brand” of some sort? #2-What do ya’ll do when nature calls and you’re out in the middle of nowhere? Surely I’m not the only one who is curious about this and I’d like to know in case I ever do a walk like this. #3-I know I said 2 questions, but I thought of another one. Are you going to do another walk like this, and if you are, what is your destination? Again, thank you for being one of the highlights of my day. Oh, and don’t let Dean off the hook again!
Ann: 1. Yes, the paint on the sheep identifies the farm. 2. We try to find a public toilet (loo) but there are not many. If unable to hold it, one finds the most private place possible. Also, You can Google “female urination device” or pee funnel, as that aspect is not my specialty! 3. Not sure. Janet and I are thinking about walking the length of Britain (Lands End to John O’Groats) which is 1000 miles so would be a much bigger undertaking!