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Hambleton District

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  • Day20

    Roads to Osmotherly

    June 17, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Most of today’s walk was on roads, usually quiet, and not quite as exciting as climbing hills. We did have a sprint across the A19 freeway. Lucky it was Sunday or we might have had a long wait for a break in the traffic.

    Thanks to the White Swan Inn, Danby Wiske, for drying our boots and coats last night.

    We walked through some wheat fields, with a few tight squeezes through the hedges between the fields.

    At our “little lunch” stop we could look back to see the Pennines in the distance. Our lunch stop was at the Mount Grace Priory. A Priory dating back to 1398, it was dissolved in 1539, Henry VIII again, the ruin is now a National Trust Property. Nobody wanted to pay £8 entry fee so we picnicked in the field next to the car park and visited the shop (and of course the toilet).

    Then on to Osmotherly, about 17 kilometres for the day, and the beginning of the North York Moors National Park.

    Party night tonight, Allison Towner’s birthday. Thanks to John for carrying the cake in his pack, what else can he fit in there?
    What a great way to spend your birthday, thanks for inviting us Allison.
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  • Day19

    There is nothing to do in DW

    June 16, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    Although we had 24 kilometres to walk today our guide was sure we didn’t need to leave Richmond until after 10 because “there is nothing to do in Danby Wiske” and the walk was generally flat farm land. There is only a pub and a church.

    Anyway leaving after 10 meant the rain had cleared. Our first stop was the ruin of Easby Abbey and St Agatha’s church. On the way to the Abbey there was a plaque about the sad story of a drummer boy. Read about in the photo. The abbey was one of many knocked over by Henry VIII. St Agatha’s church however is still the local parish church, and has a beautiful fresco dating back to 1250. The church was very welcoming with a jug and supplies laid out for tea at the back of the church.

    We stopped for lunch at St Mary’s church in Bolton-on-Swale. The church dates back to the 14th century. This church was even more welcoming, tea supplies, a note saying feel free to use the toilet, a big box of food supplies for any one in need, the back of the church was like a small community centre.

    The church is famous for its memorial to Henry Jenkins. Henry apparently lived to be 169 years old. Evidence of his age is found in court records because he was able to give evidence about who had owned what in land disputes after the civil war.

    About 4 miles from supposedly boring Danby Wiske we were caught in a thunder storm. A massive downpour, thunder and lightening. So we had plenty to do when we got to Danby Wiske, organising to get all our gear dry.

    The wide plain we are crossing, heading for the North York moors is the vale of Mowbray. Danby Wiske is the lowest point on our route.
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  • Day115

    The World of James Herriot

    August 24, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F

    After a morning visit with Jake and Jodie, they left on an excursion to walk with Alpacas in the North Yorkshire Dales, and we went to Thirsk to see "The World of James Herriot" museum. James Herriot is the pen name of James Alfred "Alf" Wight, the veterinarian who wrote several books based on his years of practice. He had wanted to write but was hampered by his long working hours. Finally, challenged by his wife, he began writing at age 50, and his books have been best sellers, spawning movies and TV series. We really enjoyed getting to see the building where he lived and practiced.Read more

  • Day115

    Thirsk, a Charming Town

    August 24, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 55 °F

    Alf and his wife, Joan, were married in St Mary Magdalene Church in 1941.

    Thirsk was a market town, and in the central plaza is a clock tower. It replaces a water fountain that had troughs around the bottom for animals, and above them were drinking fountains for people.

    In Thirsk there is a group of people who knit and crochet decorations for the town's celebrations, including this knitted model of an airplane for the 100th anniversary of the RAF!Read more

  • Day21

    Chipper in Chopgate

    June 18, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We’ve seen the North Sea! 3 days to go.

    A fabulous walk on the moors. We did some climbing of course, but the rewards were wonderful views.

    Our first stop was a small chapel on the ridge just above Osmotherly, the Mount Grace Chapel of Our Lady. It dates back to 1300 or so but was a ruin until rebuilt around 1960. It would have been a very tranquil spot to sit and admire the view, but for the sound of the ride-on mower and the whipper snipper.

    Then we rejoined the track and headed up onto the moors and into the wind. Actually the wind was behind us but very strong on top. We saw a couple of ancient burial mounds. On top of one peak we came across half the local primary school having lunch, not minding the wind one bit.

    We dropped down to a small cafe in the forest for lunch. Very nice, sitting at a table with a cup of tea with lunch.

    We’re in the North York Moors National Park, said to be one of the largest expanses of heather, but not flowering yet.

    We left the main path to go down to Chop Gate for the night, 20 kilometres for the day. We’ll go back up to the moors in the morning.

    Tonight we celebrated Julie’s official retirement. We had to express some interest in the soccer, England was playing Tunisia. Late up date, England won.
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  • Day1

    Sutton bank

    April 28, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Nach einer Stunde Flugverspätung und über eine Stunde warten bei der Autovermietung haben wir es nach Thirsk geschafft 😅✌🏼️
    Besser spät als nie

  • Day16

    Day 12 - Great Broughton

    July 8, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Great Walk today! Super scenic.
    Views out to sea across patchwork fields.

    We stayed @ Dromonby Bridge B&B with Dave, who is a cross between Neil Young and Neil from the 'Young Ones'... with a little bit of Ozzy Osbourne thrown. Turns out he's a big Neil Young fan.
    Single all his life (60+ years), he's not really sure what he's doing - doesn't play by the B&B textbook rules, because he doesn't know what they are...

    When we asked him why he started the B&B, he said... "I don't know, really. I just kept seeing all these people I didn't know walking past, and wondered where they all stayed."

    "I don't know, really..." was his most common phrase when answering a question, before finally answering with his version of what he did know... or do.

    He's my favourite.

    Dinner @ the Black Swan where I had Chilli King Prawns... apparently.

    30,855 steps
    275 floors
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  • Day15

    Day 11 - ingleby arncliffe

    July 7, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Only 38 km today.

    Left Richmond, followed the River Swale, picked our way through farms, passed Catterick Race Course, more farms, popped in to the 800 year old church at Bolton-on-Swale for tea and bikkies (where Henry Jenkins was buried after living to 169), more farms, stopped at the White Swan at Danby Wiske for ale, cider, wine, panadol and nurofen, then through more farms after pushing through a hedge (like entering an otherworld)... through White House farm, Moor House Farm, Northfield Farm, Wray House Farm, Harlsey Grove Farm, Breckenridge Hill Farm, Longlands Farm (some of which had left out drinks and an honesty box)... somehow crossed a super busy dual carriageway...

    ...took a breath...

    ...then ran into Ingleby Arncliffe.

    Stayed at Ingleby House Farm with Malcolm & Jane (great hosts). Malcolm drove us to the Blue Bell Inn for dinner...

    We slept well.

    53,289 steps
    73 floors
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  • Day5


    May 29, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Three nights camping at site by Cod Beck. Wandered up to the lake to find a huddle of goslings, probably about 36 in all with mothers nearby. Very atmospheric around the lake in the mist.
    Bike trip to Northallerton following day - Market day - Karen always on look out for a bargain. None to be had fortunately.
    Walked to Mount Grace Priory - very interesting ruins (English Heritage) and walked some of the Cleveland Way.
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