June 30 – Hard to believe that it’s the last day of June. Our time in England is flying by! Ten miles today and we’ll be out of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and on to Richmond.
Lovely walk out of Reeth.
Always nice to start the day on a marked path. We’re on the right track!
Mostly flat terrain – my favorite!
Still near the Swale River.
An old priory, viewed as we passed, then again from the hill above.
A little town along the way.
In Marske, St Edmunds Church was open, and offered drinks and snacks for hikers. It had boxes for congregant families, instead of pews.
Above the baptismal font, a palindrome that reads, “wash my sins and not my face only.”
Walking through freshly mown fields. You can tell where the trail is by the green stripe.
More teens setting out on their Duke of Edinburgh challenge.
A walk through a shady wood…
…and there’s Richmond!
Looking forward to a quiet day off in town. Details tomorrow.
June 29 – We bade farewell to Neil, Karen and Jess, and started the long walk down from Frith Lodge in the cool of the morning. Yes, I am wearing my long pants! The Dales look especially pretty today, with walls and farms and stuff to look at.
We met the folks from California again, as well as four Australians we had spoken to several days ago. The River Swale burbled nearby on our right as we walked along.
This holiday cottage just needs a little TLC.
The trail is mainly grassy and flat. My kind of trail!
This farmer is, quite literally, making hay while the sun shines.
This type of stile is called a squeeze. I’d like to be nearby to watch how some of Aussies with their beer bellies get through it!
After lunch, the trail joined the road, and in a matter of minutes, a couple on holiday from Kent pulled over and offered us a ride into town. Nice People of England! It’s always a pleasure to save those last few miles into town.
So here we are at the Kings Arms, in a tiny room over the pub. Fish and chips and a pint of Coast to Coast ale for supper!