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Richmondshire District

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  • Day16

    Nine Standards Rigg and a Cream Tea

    June 13 in the United Kingdom

    What are the Nine Standards? A serious of beautifully built cairns of different shapes and sizes lined up along the ridge of the Pennines, the climb up there was our first goal for the day. They are supposed to be old boundary markers, but there could be other theories. It was windy and cold at the top, 661metres, so we didn’t hang around. At this point we crossed into Yorkshire. There are 3 routes through this area depending on the season, we took the red route, which is the designated route for May to July. This is a way of trying to manage the erosion caused by all the walkers.

    Then the next highlight of the day, across the peat bogs! Actually we were lucky, the worst part has had some stones laid across it and it hasn’t been very wet lately. Our trusty guide found the route through for us and we came through with dry feet, although Julie’s new shoes are not as pristine any more. There were a lot of boggy patches all the way down.

    Then it was down to Ravenseat. This seems to be a bit of an institution on the C2C route. Amanda Owen and her husband breed sheep and have 9 or 10 children and sell tea and scones to passing walkers. She has written a couple of books about life as a Yorkshire farmer. Apparently she is quite a character. She wasn’t there today so the tea and scones were served by Mr Owen and the farm helper in their muddy gum boots and dirty jeans. Most of the kids were at school but there were a couple of little girls playing around. Great scones and a strong brew of tea.

    From there it was an easy stroll down to the valley of the Upper Swale River and into Keld. About 20 kilometres for the day.

    We have crossed the Pennines and we are now about half way!!

    Just a bit of information about cream teas. This is basically a Devonshire tea, but of course you can’t call it that in Yorkshire. Apparently Devon is having jam first with cream on top of your scone and Cornwall has cream first with jam on top. Yorkshire just has cream tea.
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  • Day17

    Gales on the Dales

    June 14 in the United Kingdom

    There were 2 options for today’s route, the high road and the low road. The choice was made for us by the weather, very high winds after a storm came through last night. Our guide thought we might be blown off the top if we tried the moors.

    Even on the low route we were blown about by very strong winds. Lots of branches blown down overnight.

    We set off, well rugged up in our wet weather gear, first down to the very small village of Keld to check out the little Heritage Centre, it’s focus is farming heritage, particularly the old stone cow barns that were used for cattle during winter, then up past a waterfall and on to our route which followed the Swale River all day. Swaledale is the northern most and wildest of the Yorkshire Dales.

    We had a break for “elevenses” in the village of Gunnerside. Mary Shaw’s cafe was doing a great service.

    Most of the day we were walking through fields, and to go from field to field we squeezed through gaps in the dry stone walls that mostly had gates on strong springs. I’m sure the gaps were getting smaller as the day went on, and the steps higher and higher. Anyway we all managed to squeeze through despite English breakfasts and cream teas.

    My phone says about 20 kilometres for the day.

    We are now in Reeth, apparently the unofficial capital of Swaledale. It was a centre for lead mining in the past. We would have seen the remnants of the lead mining if we’d taken the high route. The number of pubs in the village is probably due to its mining heritage. Now it thrives on tourism so there’s also a few tea shops. It’s a cute little village with a green common in the centre appropriately called The Green. There’s also a Yorkshire Dales National Park office. Apparently some episodes of All Creatures Great and Small were filmed here.

    I just got an update on the weather over dinner. Some one saw on the news that today was the windiest June day ever in England. The low road was a wise choice.
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  • Day18

    Rocketing in to Richmond

    June 15 in the United Kingdom

    Well, not really, but it wasn’t a long day and not much climbing. 18 kilometres. A few narrow gaps in stone walls, but eventually we came to a gate without a fence. We all dutifully went through the gate.

    There was a bit of a climb up to Marrick on a path known as the Nuns’ Steps. Apparently the nuns from the Marrick Priory constructed 375 steps up the hill. The old priory is now partly in ruins but is the site of an Outdoor Education Centre.

    We had a break in the tiny village of Marske, where there is an old church, St Edmund the Martyr. He was a Saxon king, knocked off by the Danes in 870. At the back of the church was a table of snacks for sale, money for the church maintenance funds.

    Richmond has an old castle on the top of a hill in the middle of town, with cute little houses in narrow streets backing the castle walls. I’m not sure about the roads here though, they seem a bit weak, lucky we’re walking not driving.

    Tonight was a good chance for a change from pub meals. Pasta at a Sicilian restaurant was great.
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  • Day37

    Home Sweet Home?

    June 2, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    If home is where you were born then here I am. On the other hand if home is where your heart is...

    Strange being back in the place I was born in and grew up in until the age of 14. Well actually only 9 years as we lived elsewhere and in Canada for several years. Anyway it's strange... I still love the glorious countryside of the Yorkshire Dale's and it will always have a place in my heart but I have been so many other countries and lived so many other places that it always feels odd coming here. I have not been back for 10 years and I find being here I feel just as much a stranger in a strange land as I do on my other travels.

    Despite the deep familiarity that can only come from a place you grew up in, it still feels as if I'm just another tourist in this green and pleasant land.

    Home is where the heart is and as that is inside me then wherever I am is home!
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  • Day4

    Finally diagnosed Mike's Condition

    March 28 in the United Kingdom

    Hello folks,

    Mike and I have finished our week in England. We spent the past 3 days in the Yorkshire area where we explored some small villages and managed some walks to ward off some of the damage caused by pub lunches and pies. As part of our walk in the market town of Richmond, we popped into a microbrewery where Mike read about « cenosillicaphobia » and realized that this is the condition from which he has been suffering. This condition is the fear of an empty glass. He feels better knowing his condition is actually medical and that there may be a treatment.
    In Richmond we also took a tour of the oldest working theatre in the UK. An old Georgian Theatre which has been restored to it’s original state with modern amenities like lighting and electric lights so that it can continue to work. Yesterday we made a stop in the city of York where we looked in on the York Minster cathedral and impressive gothic structure built for the catholic church but converted during the reformation.

    The Yorkshire Dales are beautiful rolling hills and valleys with frequent small stone villages. Lots of tea shops , old pubs and farms. The people have broad accents like listening to BBC 1 shows ( eg Last Tango in Halifax)We had lunch on the North York Moors in a very old pub where Ron and Mike stayed last year. An overriding smell in many villages is that of burning coal as many places are still heated with coal. Have to say the Northern area is quite pleasant especially since we hit a dry spell weather-wise. It is far more scenic and pleasant than the very densely populated southern regions of England. Worth another visit. Mac there is a great air museum in York but we didn’t stop in.

    Today we repack and head to Portugal on a Ryan Air flight from Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Looking forward to reconvening with our biking buddies Helen and Laura tonight.
    Just returned our rental car to Enterprise. It was unscathed which was a feat considering the narrow ways we travelled. Our waistlines are not as unaffected!

    That’s all for now. Thanks for all the comments and notes. Happy Easter!
    Heather/ Mom x
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  • Day39

    Helmsley and Hutton le Hole

    May 30 in the United Kingdom

    We broke camp at around 9.30am and headed to Helmsley, one of our favourite market towns in Yorkshire. Lovely upmarket shops including am excellent butcher and a wonderful deli/food shop. Lots of cafes but we chose on which was also a deli and ordered tea for two with a cheese scone to share, which is what we usually do, creatures of habit as we are! We did not consult a menu. It duly arrived and there were two scones which they told us is their serving for one person, with herb mascarpone and home-made chutney. Leaf tea was served in fancy cast-iron pots. Beautifully presented and delicious but the bill came to £10.30! As we are used to paying around £5.50,our “kitty” purse nearly had a heart attack and had to have an injection of cash! We went into the church in Helmsley which we had not been into before. Beautiful stained glass windows and Patron Trees painted on the stone walls. We had never seen anything like it before.

    We then found where the Cleveland Way begins at Helmsley where you can do a seven mile circular walk to Rievaulx Abbey, Temples and Terraces. It’s something we would plan to do on another occasion. We then headed for the campsite at Rosedale Abbey (no abbey ruins visible today but it was only ever a small monastery. We stopped off at Hutton le Hole which is one of the most attractive villages in the North York Moors. Lovely honey-coloured terraced cottages with red tile roofs and white picket fences. The sheeps were freely grazing on the expansive village green. We then drove on through thick fog over the North York Moors. We are sure the scenery must be fantastic if only we could have seen it. On arrival at our campsite, we were very disappointed with both the quality and the position of the touring pitches, coupled with a very unfriendly warden/owner. So we decided not to stay and luckily got our money back, having pre-booked. We decided to head to Robin Hood’s Bay where we had already booked a campsite for the nights of 31st May and 1 st June. We managed to phone en-route and established that we could also stay on 30th. However we had a scary drive across the Moors in very thick fog but we safely arrived at the campsite and it is really nice. Once we set up camp, we walked into Robin Hood’s Bay by which time it was 5pm and visibility was still poor. Back to camp and enjoyed a proper campers supper of sausages, butter beans which we had made at home and were able to heat up in the microwave in Wolfgang. Another game of scrabble and then it was bedtime.
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  • Day40

    Whitby

    May 31 in the United Kingdom

    We slept well but woke early due to birdsong. We left the campsite at 9.15am to walk to Whitby along the Cleveland Way, a walk of seven miles. After walking for two hours in thick swirling mists with initially no view of the sea below, the sky suddenly cleared and the sun came out. However, we came to a signpost which informed us that Whitby was still three miles away. We had been walking for two hours and M had clocked up 14,000 steps on her Fitbit which equates to seven miles!! It had been a challenging walk with some rough terrain and lots of ups and downs. However, there was another signpost saying that it was one mile of Hawkser so we took that path steeply uphill and across fields and then on to a track to join the main road to Whitby. A bus came along within minutes and we hopped on, M using her bus pass and P paying £2.60. We shortly arrived in Whitby which was absolutely heaving with people including children and yappy dogs! We fought our way through the throngs and up to th North Promenade and Whitby Pavilion where it was much quieter with elevated views over a big sandy bay with colourful beach huts. At about 2pm we headed back down but before reaching the main thoroughfare and the crowds we found a delightful restaurant where we enjoyed an excellent late lunch of lovely fresh fish. We then fought our way back through the crowds to the bus station and got a bus to Fylingthorpe and from there it was a walk of about a mile back to the campsite. A great day out, enhanced by an excellent lunch and Pinot Grigio Rose.Read more

  • Day12

    Day 8 - made it to Reeth

    July 4, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    Woke to rain on the Yurt... sounded awesome.
    Just wanted to stay in bed... because it was cosy, and the rain sounded awesome.
    But we had to go,

    so we left... in the rain

    Walked all day... in the rain

    & arrived at Reeth... in the rain.

    Boys wanted ice-cream!

    It was still a pretty cool walk, though - following the River Swale, through farms and quaint little towns.

    Stopped for a bite at Gunnerside where a discussion about boundaries, (and what was and was not permissible) ensued with the barman. After a brief chat, it became clear that there was, in fact, a white line which marked the boundary, so I was able to eat my lunch, and drink the Pub's coffee... in the rain.

    Stayed at Dales Bike Centre & had dinner at the Bridge Inn.

    34,669 steps
    89 floors
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  • Day11

    Day 7 - we stayed in a YURT!

    July 3, 2017 in the United Kingdom

    The shorter walk (only 20 km) was welcome today, particularly due to the fact that we had AWESOME accommodation in some Yurts by a waterfall... with fantastic hosts Ian & Michelle... and great food... and Black Sheep Ale.

    31,137 steps
    208 floors

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