When – 12 May 2013
Where – Reeth to Richmond
Distance – 10.5 miles
Walking with – Annette
Home for the night – The Buck
Weather – Bit chilly but it didn’t rain!!!!!
On today’s walk, one of the most important moments of the trip took place – we got the perfect sheep/lamb photo (see below), close to the banks of the River Swale.This was a particularly poignant occasion for Annette, who has been professing an increasing desire to learn more about sheep in the past week. Least said on that, (hopefully) soonest mended, but probably best that we’ll both be back in London and ‘real life’ come next Sunday!
It was an easy and short day – we started at 9.45am and were in Richmond by 1.30pm – and we actually stopped a couple of times for snacks and lunch too. Our walk out of pretty Reeth was mainly along the riverside, and then through a series of rolling green fields. We passed by Marrick Priory Outdoor centre, where some cows in a nearby field were in a disgusting, and in one case, virtually skeletal state. The only obviously poorly kept animals I’ve seen in nine days of walking across rural England, and which I hope not to see again.
A stroll through more fields and as we saw the sign to a (closed) tearoom, we bumped into Jules & Steve, who we always seem to find whenever tea and cake are in the offing. Andy & Laura were with them and we walked along with them all for a while through more fields and over a series of stiles before leaving them looking around the church of St Edmund the Martyr at Marske (where I also got my first mobile phone reception in five days. I even had 3G. I was besides myself with excitement).
More fields, a walk over the sweet ‘Paddy’s Bridge (presumably not MY Uncle Paddy’s bridge, but I will check when I see him) and then we headed up towards Applegarth Scar, where a clear track led us past some farms and through Whitecliffe Wood – our final bit of rural greenery before hitting the road that led us down into Richmond, a pretty market town in which almost every shop, including the Boots, is closed on a Sunday. And which would help explain why I was in the pub having a couple of drinks with photographer Steve, and then with Australian Steve (both from the Gang of 15) by around 3.30 in the afternoon. Shocking behaviour, but get this – three pints of ale was less than £7.50. I may have to consider relocating… Although it would be one hell of a cycle commute everyday…
Photos, from top to bottom: the River Swale by Reeth, the perfect sheep and her lambs, looking down towards Richmond and the River Swale (again).