Yukon Holmes Travels

Joined May 2017Living in: Whitehorse, Canada
  • Aug19

    Flying Home

    August 19, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    We left Motel One Tower Hill In London at 6:15 am and rode the tube to Heathrow. We checked in and got through security all by 8:10 am. Our flight was 9 hours long but it seemed to go fast. We walked around Vancouver a bit and had lunch at the Cactus Club downtown. We’re staying at the Ramada at the airport. Tomorrow we fly home.Read more

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  • Aug18

    Day in London

    August 18, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    We had a day in London to ourselves. We walked over to Saint Paul’s and then caught the tube to Westfield Mall where we met Stanny and Michael Porter for lunch. It was great to see them again. The last time was a couple of years ago when they visited us in Whitehorse. Afterwards, we went to Foyle’s bookshop and then walked for an hour looking at shops and people. Tonight we had a fish and chips dinner and tonight will get ready to travel home tomorrow.Read more

  • Aug17

    Back to London

    August 17, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We had a nice breakfast and caught a taxi (Woody’s Taxis) from our hotel on Lindisfarne. We both chucked out our hiking shoes after 450 km of wet boggy hiking so our bags are a little lighter. Bob also threw out some socks with holes and his old hiking gloves that are worn out. We drove to Bamburgh where we said goodbye to Claudia and Christina who are staying there for a few days. Then we carried onto Berwick-on-Tweed. We had lunch there and then caught the train to London Kings Cross Station. We’re staying two nights at Motel One at Tower Hill.Read more

  • Aug16

    To Holy Island

    August 16, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    As we had had a long day yesterday, we decided to take a taxi to Fenwick from Wooler. From there we walked to the causeway linking the mainland to Lindisfarne (Holy Island). We crossed the high speed rail line and had to call to make sure it was ok to cross, as trains come through quite often. The Pilgrims’ Way is a walk barefoot across the tidal sands for 4 km and follows a line of stakes. We did this instead of walking on the causeway with cars. We timed it so that we were on an ebbing tide and at the safe tide level. Most of the walk was in water though, but not deep. Once we got to Holy Island we headed to St. Cuthbert’s coffee shop and had coffee and lunch. Then we wandered around the island, to the castle and lookout. After that we checked into our B&B ( the Manor House).Read more

  • Aug15

    Cheviot Hills

    August 15, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We decided to take a “high route” to Wooler instead of the traditional St Cuthbert’s Way route. It turned out to be a tough day with the poor trail conditions and long distance and elevation changes. Much of the route was over peat bog and the trail was quite wet and muddy with all the rain. We had to figure out our path carefully around the bogs. We had nice weather with no rain and tremendous views of the Scottish border country. It was slow going though. We had lunch at a shelter hut on the way up the mountain. We eventually reached the top of Cheviot mountain which is the highest mountain in northern England at 815 meters. The summit path is all flagged with stones which helped for a bit, until the stones stopped. On the way down we struggled to find the route in all the mud and took a shortcut down to a road. From there we walked on the road to Wooler. Everyone had wet, sore feet and tired legs walking along the road for two hours. When we got to Wooler, we checked in to our B&B and then went for dinner and drinks. It was a long day of around 30 km distance and 9 hours waking.Read more

  • Aug14

    To Kirk Yetholm

    August 14, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    We left Jedburgh by taxi back to the St Cuthbert’s trail. It was a long walk today of around 26 km. There was a mix of conditions, from mud, puddles and wet grass to forest floor to high elevation grassland. We had drizzly rain for much of the day and our rain gear came on and off but was on for most of the afternoon. We stopped at St Aidan’s church in Morebattle which is now a place serving coffee and cakes and selling souvenirs. We met a nice couple who are renovating the church and hope to bring it back as a centre for pilgrims along St. Cuthbert’s Way. We climbed over Wideopen Hill at 369 m (highest point on the walk) and had great views of the Cheviot Mountains. We descended and ended up in Kirk Yetholm at our B&B (the Millhouse). We had a nice dinner at the hotel.Read more

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