The day started similarly to yesterday with some fine easy moorland walking, and we covered the first 9 miles in 3 hours. Once again, the moorland cotton was special. A wildlife high point was watching a group of six baby grouse run to follow their mother. We also saw a small snake, which might be the first I have seen in England as I cannot remember seeing one in my youth. A low point was seeing a large number of dead animals: while some were road kill, there were also several that had been killed by another animal. Sad, but death of young animals is part of nature!
We planned to have lunch after 9 miles in Glaisdale, the first piece of civilization we would encounter. The village’s tea room and pub were closed, but we managed to find bread and cheese in the village store. After locating public toilets at the train station, we found a perfect patch of grass for lunch by the town’s sign. It was a good rest, but we have recognized that the feet and legs don’t do as well after the first 10 miles in a day. After lunch, the distance was compounded by a few unexpected hills, and an increase in temperature. We shared our displeasure with Samuel for not warning us of such undulations, but he just blamed me for the inadequacy of the map I had provided…. We marched on! While Egton Bridge had been described by the guidebook as one of the most charming towns of the whole walk, we seemed to have missed the charm, just noticing that some of the houses looked very expensive! We arrived at Grosmont just as a steam train was doing its thing, which was cool to see but it distracted us from taking our finisher’s photo! Dean and Tracy met us, once again having graciously checked us in and sorted out our luggage. They had had a relaxing day. We had fun comparing our days over dinner and planning our final day! While we completed today’s 13.5-mile hike in a little over 4.5 hours, tomorrow’s is our longest day of the trip at nearly 16 miles and starts with a long steep climb out of Grosmont, followed by some other significant undulations! We are aiming for an early start at 6am so as to hike when it’s cooler, and to give us plenty of time to throw our Irish Sea pebble into the North Sea and celebrate our completion. And then we will have walked from coast to coast 😎.
I am originally from England, and my wife Janet is from Louisiana. When we started Geocaching in 2002, we needed a name, and the Cajunlimeys were created, and that is the name I use for my blog. Even though Janet has no Cajun blood, her cooking is excellent! “Limeys” comes from the nickname for English sailors, who ate limes to prevent scurvy. We live in Houston, Texas, with Bailey and Samuel.
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WOW! Can’t believe you are almost there! You must be wondering where all those miles/kilometres went!? Mel
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