Come with Russ and me as we walk 84 miles coast-to-coast across northern England, following the remains of Emperor Hadrian's amazing fortress....Judy
Monday, May 25, Day 10
Carlisle to Burgh-by-Sands -- 9 miles
In the morning, Alice prepared a nice English breakfast and we visited with other guests while we ate. It was a nice B&B, and we enjoyed our stay there.
A short walk from our B&B was the Sands Center where we got the 5th stamp for our passports. It is a building that appears to be a sports/athletic club, but also has theater and arts as well. We went in through the main entrance, and the passport stamp was by the “till” in the restaurant. Now we had only one stamp to go--the one we'd get at the very end of the trail.
After visiting with several people along the path, we headed back toward the River Eden.
Russ enjoyed looking for pieces of old bricks or artifacts (ie/junk) to bring home. He has seashells from New Zealand, leaves from Australia, antique bottles from China, a pitchfork from Switzerland, something from Russia (I forget what), and on and on! As well as currency from all the countries we’ve been in (about 30). In the background is the railroad bridge carrying the West Coast mainline train to Glasgow. It came roaring over us as we were passing under the crossing.
Following the acorn through the woods. For the next couple of hours we walked in the woods beside the river.
There were a lot of ups and downs on various kinds of steps, bridges and walk ways.
Bridge over "Knockup worth Gill." How’s that name for a rather less than salubrious stream?
Oh my! Decisions, decisions, all the day long! Ha!
It was very muggy, and we were quite glad when that section was over and we came back out in the open.
Coming in to the village of Grinsdale, we stopped to visit with a couple of neighborhood families. It was a Bank holiday, and everyone was enjoying the unusually nice weather. Thanks to Denise, Irenee and their families for their friendly welcome. What lovely people we have met along the way! That is why walking through the country is so much more enjoyable than seeing it fly past your car windows!
Once again we were out in the countryside, in pastures and farmland.
Another cool tree.
Delightful views of the Eden from this part of the path.
Path leading to Beaumont.
12th-century parish church of St. Mary. It rests on the site of one of Hadrian’s Wall turrets.
I decided to have a short rest, but it was hard to find a place to spread my blanket where there wasn’t a tombstone or grave!
The book said there is so much Roman stonework in the area, it was nice, for a change, to have this beautiful little Norman place of worship. (No matter that is partially constructed of Wall . . .)
They showed us to our comfortable room, (with a big bathtub!) and offered to take us to a local pub for dinner that evening.
What a completely enjoyable day it was!