While this has been the easiest day of the trip at 8.7 miles at just over 3 hours, it was not short of views and the weather was perfect. We got our lift from the hotel back to the lay-by, and were soon climbing up the major hill of the day. Unfortunately, the path did not take us near the Oreo cows, who looked like they hadn’t got up yet! Having climbed up the paved path, it leveled out into a smooth, graded trail for the rest of the day. In addition to great moorland views, we were treated to white wisps of moorland cotton and the cautious inquisitiveness of grouse, extra-wary with their young close by. The Lion Inn was soon in view, and we felt as high and isolated as one would expect at Britain’s 4th highest inn. We arrived before noon, beating Dean and Tracy! They had taken the same bus as yesterday to Stokesley, with the same driver and no other passengers. They enjoyed a fine coffee shop (and found a working ATM) before getting a taxi to Blakey Ridge, and ended up with the same chatty taxi driver as a couple of days ago. I was glad that the “small town” aspect was emphasized! So, Team Sloth was back together again for a fine lunch in the pub. The temperature was cooler so it was perfect napping weather, which the rest of the team made the most of as they hadn’t slept much over the last two hot nights. For some unknown reason, the heat hadn’t bothered me much and I’d slept very well, so I made the most of the calm conditions and checked out the area with my drone, hoping for a great sunset later, and perhaps a good sunrise…
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2 thoughts on “Coast to Coast Day 16: Clay Bank Top to Blakey Ridge”
So beautiful. Love the views. What a great picture of Dean and Tracy!! Praying for a wonderful and safe journey’s end!!
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Thanks you David for your regular encouraging messages!