July 8 – Well, today is the day! The last day of our Coast to Coast Walk across England. We took our trusty taxi back to Littlebeck, and started walking right where we left off yesterday. It was cool walking through the shady woods in the early morning.
We passed a cave where they used to mine alum, used in the past for tanning hides and dying cloth and wool.
Then we passed a hermitage. Another hiker snapped our pic.
A waterfall at Littlebeck, and a fairy on a tree.
We had to hop across the pond at Maybeck.
A bit of road and path walking. The track is getting boggier – we must be nearing the sea.
Our first sign for Robin Hood’s Bay. Wouldn’t you like to visit Sneaton Thorpe? I just love the names of some of these little towns.
A bit of crashing through the brush and rocky stream bed.
Then…. the sea!
Although we could have gotten to town in three miles by road, our path was double that, as we hugged the cliffs and crags of the coast.
And then, there was Robin Hood’s Bay! Cue the Merry Men!
A touristy town on a Sunday afternoon. Lots of inns, pubs and gardens.
Our place was right on the water. The view from our window.
We walked down to the water’s edge, so we could put our boots in the North Sea. It was dead low tide, so that’s about as wet as you could get!
So, our 192 mile trek is done. Unlike Santiago, most of the tourists were not here for the walk, and unaware that there even WAS a Coast to Coast Walk. We couldn’t even find a commemorative plate to celebrate our success. So we settled for a photo and a picture of a commemorative tea towel.
Off to the next adventure!