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Day 11: Danby Wiske to Osmotherley
Friday dawned bright, with high cirrus clouds red in the sunrise. Expecting a relatively short ramble, we set out shortly after 9am and made excellent time all day. Country lanes and pastures, beautiful countryside but without many challenges for either way-finding or walking.
We stopped for soup in Ingleby Cross at the Blue Bell Inn, and talked for a while with Gordon Knight, the proprietor of “Hollow Creations”, an accomplished woodturner with some beautiful pieces to show.
Then off for the several miles up and across Arncliffe Wood and south off the C2C track to our destination, the Queen Catherine Inn in Osmotherley. We saw Greg and Gary, two Brits we have met frequently over the past week, in the yard of the Norman church leaving Ingleby Cross, and again when we were backtracking a few yards near the split of the paths to Osmotherley and the one down to Mount Grace Priory. Had dinner with them later at the Queen Catherine. They are headed on to Blakey Ridge tomorrow. We may not see them again.
On the relatively level walking paths we covered ground quickly, managing for the first time since we started to beat the estimates in our walking guides. We were quite pleased with ourselves, until the final uphill grade in the beginning of the Cleveland Hills brought us back to reality.
We are now in the North York Moors, the home
stretch of the Coast to Coast, and hoping for more fine weather as
we walk the moors over the next few days. Our luck with the weather
has been remarkable so far, with dismal weather really only parts of
the first two days, and a wild storm during the afternoon while we
were snug in a pub in Danby Wiske.
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