This was one of the prettiest walks of recent days, and the weather was good for most of the day. It was not the longest of walks but it had pretty much everything a valley walk could offer: streams, meadows, woodlands, and pastures full of sheep and cattle.
The original route out of Reeth took the road, but on closer inspection of the map a footpath along the river would allow just as much progress out of the village, before joining the road at a later point. It was a few yards longer, but I suspect infinitely better than the road through Low Fremington.
Having already passed the Gang by the river, I caught up with the Australian Ladies walking along the road but left them while they took a break at the bottom of the woodland where a purpose built staircase of stones aided the climb out of the valley. By the time I was at the top though the weather was changing slightly, and the blue sky and fluffy white clouds looked to be some way off in the distance.
With not many miles to cover today I paused a while on a bench in Marske village. I was more than halfway to Richmond and it was only just 11am. I paused again at the bottom of Applegarth Scar, and the white cairn which had been the target of the path for quite some time while walking across the fields.
Exiting Whitecliffe Wood and I got the first view of Richmond and the castle tower, which I made a note of to visit later.
The road into Richmond seemed longer than I expected, but I still arrived in time for lunch – with a Knickerbocker glory for pudding.
After a quick tour of the castle, and seeing the first fun fair lorries arrive, I was off to find my digs for the night, and to rest my legs as much as possible – 23 miles tomorrow!
Emergency rations: None
Blisters: No more
Aching bits: None
More photos (from all the days of walking) can be found in the photo gallery.