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Ashley Heeley's Coast to Coast Diary
Day Eight

Day 8 - Nine Standards, getting lost, trespassing and a return to Yorkshire

Newbiggin-on-Lune to Keld

Today was always going to be a hard day and after 18 miles the legs are telling me it was.

First things first, however, today was our best breakfast, a rating of 8. It shows that it shouldn't be that hard to have a choice and decent quality sausage and bacon can make all the difference. The B&B was great and Brenda showed how to get back on route without going back on ourselves. So we set off on our long day.

Things did not start well as we lost our way getting back on route. Things got worse not long afterwards when we went wrong again. This time missing the turn as we were chatting away. The day was long enough without making it worse. As we got close to Kirkby Stephen we thought we could go round without going through the town by going on the dismantled railway. Anyway we found it but we were told we were trespassing but we managed to charm our way through.

The funniest thing was spotting the group of wild parrots near Kirkby Stephen. If I hadn't seen them myself I wouldn't have believed it. After Kirkby Stephen was the long climb up Nine Standards Rigg. It was nice to be at a high point in decent weather and from the top I could see Yorkshire so a kind of homecoming (my Yorkshire moment according to Dale). The route down was a bit boggy and we were glad it had been pretty dry. I would hate to go down there in winter.

Parrots on the pylon

Parrots (zoomed)

In terms of wild life the curlews were out on the fells as well as the lapwings.

By the end of the day we were knackered. My feet are now starting to hurt and I'm glad we have 2 easier days ahead. It was great to see Janine and Kieran when we got to Keld.

Had a nice meal in the Farmers Arms in Muker and met up again with Pat and Miriam and Cindy and Nelson.

Bad news on the snoring front with a rating of 8. Oh dear! Must try harder.

Looking forward to tomorrow as we go down Swaledale, one of the best places in Yorkshire. Must get to Reeth before 4pm so we can watch the footy.

Now at the half way point so downhill from here.

Bye for now.

Sign on route to Nine Standards

Nine Standards and Yorkshire moment

Dale at summitt

Me at summitt

Me at summitt

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