No snow today 🙂
It was a bit of a slog though – almost 21 miles. But it was a beautiful slog. We set off early (8am) with (again) sodden tents and boots from yesterday and the rain during the night. It was close to 0 degrees during the night. Tris and I had both run out of dry socks, which is not a good thing at the start of a long day.
But there were none of the knee crunching, blister popping, back breaking, shoulder slicing ascents and descents today. Just a really, really long walk through limestone pavements, moors and farm land with lots of sheep. By the way, I’m thinking about starting a blog about breeds of sheep on the Coast to Coast walk. And maybe a calendar with Breed of the Month.
But the views of the Pennines for the whole day were breathtaking, which makes a welcome change from the ascents being breathtaking!
We stumbled into Kirkby Stephen around 5pm, out of water and out of energy…already thinking about putting up the soggy tent, finding a washing machine and some way to dry our wet clothes from yesterday, walking back into town to get some food…to find the best surprise of all, my wife and kids all set up on the campsite in our big tent! How amazing!
Tris set off home to Bath 30 mins later once he’d refuelled on tea. It was great to have him join for the last 3 days. He got me through some really difficult stages and was great company.
Today, despite being tired and sore we were constantly energised by the unfolding landscape around us. It’s easy to forget how important ‘the land’ and by that I mean God’s creation is to our spirit.
Many of our lads have little or no experience of this. Whenever we can we take them outside the town or city and just walk in the countryside. They are always amazed by it and feel positively different during and afterwards. In February myself and Rob took Bryn up Roseberry Topping near Middlesbrough. It was a cold, clear day and having got to the top and down again. Bryn said, ‘Do we have time to do it again?’ So off he went running to the top again just for the joy of it!
Today was a slog, but a joyful one (most of the time), full of wonder and amazement. Tris has already made it back home to his family and I am here with mine.
Bring on tomorrow!