The Road goes ever on and on; Down from the door where it began;
Now far ahead the Road has gone; And I must follow, if I can;
Pursuing it with eager feet; Until it joins some larger way;
Where many paths and errands met; And whither then? I cannot say.

[JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings]

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

East to West Photos: Day 19

Thurs 7 April (0735-1530)
Distance: 18 miles (Tot: 328)
Weather: vaguely drizzly start then fluffy clouds clearing to wall-to-wall sunshine
Number of tree creepers seen creeping up a tree: 1

Day 19 saw us take to Wainwrights Coast-to-Coast route for much of the day and after an initially grey start we were soon back to glorious blue skies. The blueness made the flat farmland (wholly inoffense, in my opinion, but also pretty unremarkable), which made up most of this day, more attractive than it would otherwise have been.
Anyone whose walked Wainwright’s Coast-to-Coast will have noticed this tower at Ingleby Cross. I’m sure that earlier in the year I knew what it was, but its purpose seems to have escape me as I type this:
The farmland may have been shown to its best advantage by virtue of the weather, but the vermin was in evidence:
Did I mention that there was plenty of flat farmland? A bit like being at home really, except that the rights of way weren’t at all overgrown or obstructed:
Day 17-1
At the end of the day we stayed at a campsite at Ellerton-on-Swale. We had learnt the night before that this site didn’t take tents, but a phone call had netted us a pitch. When we got there we were told to go behind the toilets and to pitch in a field with two horses, rather than going on the campsite itself. No matter what the owner said about the horses being harmless, neither of us was happy with the thought of our tent (and us) being trampled in the night, but having already paid up we dutifully went and inspected the field. Fortunately, it was far too rutted for us to camp and after a bit of pleading we were allowed to pitch on the lakeside. It turned out to be a pretty good pitch:
Day 17-2

The original blog post for the day can be found here.

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