When – 13 May 2013
Where – Richmond to Danby Wiske
Distance – 14 miles
Walking with – Annette and special guest star Photographer Steve.
Home for the night – White Swan
Weather – Although the wind remains our constant, chilly companion, it was dry again. And the sun came out, so I have some ‘blue sky’ photos to share today.
For the third day in a row, I’ve arrived at my destination with dry boots. This makes me a very happy woman indeed.
As we ‘only’ had 14 flat miles today, we took our time leaving Richmond this morning, and visited the town’s impressive castle (which had the loveliest people working at it – give them a pay rise English Heritage) before heading out for a leisurely 10.45am start.
Annette and I also had a special guest on our walk today – photographer Steve from the Gang of 15, whose walking group had to leave town earlier than he could that day. Lucky Steve got to be escorted to Danby Wiske by us instead – his sense of relief when we caught up with the Gang about three miles before the end of the walk was palpable!
We headed out of Richmond on the pretty old stone bridge you can see from the castle (picture below) and along a short stretch of the River Swale, where my confusion with kissing gates saw us take a minor detour from the Coast to Coast. Never fear, we picked it up again within ten minutes and before we knew it we were past the sewage works (a lesser known feature of the C2C walk) and entering an area ominously signed as being a military training area – this is Catterick Garrison country after all.
Pleased to report that none of our group were killed or injured whilst passing through the area, and that we lived on to face down some fairly feisty looking – and fast moving – cows near Bolton-on-Swale after a pleasant lunch stop by the river. The cows were not the only farm animals acting strangely today though. The field of mysteriously stationary sheep (AKA the Stepford Sheep or The Sedated Ones) at our lunch stop were also a bit disturbing. Of course the other explanation is that it was such an easy, flat walk today that I may have had a bit too much time on my hands to over think things…
We caught up with the Gang on the long stretch of road near Whitwell and Streetlam, reuniting Steve with the other Steves. And the Geoffs…
Our destination today was the lovely White Swan pub in Danby Wiske, one of the nicest places I’ve stayed on the trip. Really friendly owners, nicely done out, comfortable rooms and stomach-groaningly generous portions of food. And for the first time on my trip I didn’t have any ale at all today. It was missed!
Photos from top to bottom – view from Richmond Castle, Steve teaching Annette how to tie her shoelaces (!), the feisty cows, the Stepford Sheep and a view across the fields by Streetlam.