Day 10 Reeth to Catterick Bridge
14 miles Fair and improving
This was a lovely walk with more variety than yesterday's. Our tired legs had improved and Carole said hers no longer felt as if they could bend through 360 degrees in any direction!
|Must be tough here on a Friday night!|
|Walking towards Marrick Priory|
It was damp when we started walking at 9.30am, but was to steadily improve as the day went on. We walked out of Reeth on a pretty riverside path then returned to the road. We passed Marrick Priory, now an outdoor centre and paused at their tables to remove our waterproof leggings.
Straight after leaving the old priory we climbed sharply through woods on an ancient flagged path known as 'the Nunnery Steps', and this was easier than climbing on wet mud.
|Marrick Priory, let's get these waterproofs off!|
|The Nunnery Steps|
|Strong smell of aniseed from Sweet Cicely|
We entered fields for the next couple of miles, crossing numerous stiles before descending to a road and following it steeply down to Marske. We had been walking for about 6 miles by this time and I was pleased to see a sign at the Church of St Edmunds in Marske, advertising refreshments.
We walked up to the church and looked round before purchasing a couple of Snickers Bars and sitting on a bench to enjoy a coffee from our flasks.
|A sign put up by a friendly farmer|
|The friendly Church of St Edmunds|
|Coast to Coast bounty|
We walked out of Marske following the road and soon after turned off at a C2C sign to climb steeply to a white cairn with Applegarth Scar, which we had been eyeing for quite a while, towering behind.
|Me at the cairn|
We followed the path through Whitecliffe Wood where we paused to scan the trees after hearing a tapping sound, not drilling like a woodpecker. Eventually I saw the bird responsible tapping at a branch, it was small with a black cap and an amber chest and we now know it to be a nuthatch.
|I send Carole on to negotiate our passage...|
|Approaching Whitecliff Wood|
An easy road led us down into Richmond where a kind gentleman took us on the scenic route through fine Georgian houses into the town centre. Here we found a nice tea room and settled down to tea and scones, our fuel of choice.
|Walking through Richmond|
Refreshed, we crossed Richmond Bridge and went round the rear of the old railway station, now a centre with cafe and cinema, to pick up a cycle track. We left this and passed the sewage works, no smell at all, through woods, then fields and now very happy walkers in the sunshine.
|Past the sewage works, follow the C2C|
|Waterfall into the Swale|
|We arrive at St Giles Farm!|
We spotted our accommodation for the night at St Giles Farm and were charmed by a piece of slate with a message welcoming The Fosters and a glossy black labrador bringing an old shoe as a present. We were settled on a comfy sofa with tea and cakes and told the plans for dinner, which sounded lovely - and was!