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]

Sunday 24 April 2011

Day 14 – Brantingham to by Shiptonthorpe

Easter Sunday, 24 April (0810-1305)

Distance: 14 miles

Weather: high cloud, a few sunny intervals, warm again

Number of weasels/stoats seen: 1

This was the day that Mick described as being ‘much lumpier’ and he wasn’t wrong. My goodness, some of those early lumps were quite violent! They were fine lumps though, which gave stunning views and, although the day was again hazy, it was not nearly as hazy as yesterday so the views were there to be enjoyed. The sun wasn’t blazing down as it was yesterday either, although it was still warm, especially as I huffed and puffed up those uphill bits.

Being on a National Trail navigation wasn’t an issue. The paths were obvious and the white acorns and prominent sign posts were at just about every point where you might possibly think “I wonder which way I need to go?”. So, without my head in the map I enjoyed farmland and views – and I positively sped along.

Ridiculously, I was disappointed when 1pm came and I hadn’t arrived at my destination. Ma-in-Law (with whom I stayed last night) had asked at what time I expected to finish the walk and I had said 1pm. I was out by 4 minutes (and I didn’t half march though that last half a mile!).

Mick was waiting for me in the lay-by where his brother had dropped us off a few weeks ago, and he laughed and called me an obsessive as I walked past the car. I wanted to be absolutely sure that I didn’t miss a single step of the walk, so I’d walked past him so that I could be certain that I had overlapped with the point from where I’d restarted on Day 15.

So, there we go. I’m all caught up, even if a little out of order. A few more days of rest and chores are now in order before we set back out for Inverkeithing later in the week for Part 2 of the walk.

IMG_2693aOne of those lumpy bits: the clue was in the street name!

(Stats for the day: 14 miles, 4 hours moving, 55 minutes stationary)


  1. Hi M&G,
    Glad to see you are out and about again. I've only just caught up with your 2011 outing.

    Looking forward to part II.

  2. At last I have caught up with your adventures. From the start I have been plagued by lack of signal, and lack of charging facilities. I am now writing this in email so I can copy it into your comments. I have already tried to reply to you on my blog but then lost the whole thing when it wouldn't post. Coupled with all this everything is so SLOW to open or transmit.
    I'm glad to hear you are back on target and now look forward to more reports from God's Country.
    Wales has proved to be tough but excellent walking so far- each day has been equivalent to a Munro day in Scotland. I hope I can now get this to post. I am nor sure if you are receiving emasculation so just in case I am also sending this by that method.

    Sent from my iPhone

  3. Just re-read my comment. Sorry about "emasculation". This was another abysmal attempt by predictive text to say what I should of course have read " emails".