Coast to Coast – Day 5

Richmond to Danby Wiske – 12.5 miles

After breakfast we said our farewells to the host and headed to the Co-op to buy lunch. Steve did the purchasing as there was a “meal deal” available and as Lynn and I stood outside we met the waitress from the tea rooms who asked how our evening had been. Whilst waiting, other locals entering the Co-op would enquire, “Are you doing the C2C?” and proceed to talk about the walk, which was very heart warming.

With lunch now stowed away in our rucksacks we were off to find the path which is next to the River Swale. The weather was cool but with no rain forecast. At the river we saw the group from the Midlands, the Australians and the two ladies with L plates on their rucksacks, all taking pictures of the castle.

As we headed out of Richmond we kept meeting up with the other Coasters who would stop to take photos, looking back on the town.

Following the path led us very close to houses

which made us feel as though we were in someone’s garden. Eventually we crossed a busy road and headed into a small forest with signs warning us we were entering a military training area. We were still following the river which eventually led us into the countryside of fields

and farm land. As we left Colburn village the path had been diverted which may have added further walking time to our day. The diversion put us on to more road walking, crossing over the A1

& passing Catterick Racecourse.

We had to be very careful as there was a lot of traffic and the diversion had us crossing the main road several times.

We had a coffee break by Catterick Bridge near the racecourse as this was a shaded area; the sun was now beaming down. Crossing the A1 again we followed the River Swale for about a mile before another diversion, but this time it was only a short one. Back into the fields we were heading towards Bolton-On-Swale; the scenery was nothing to write home about as it was just corn fields.

We arrived at the village and were about to have lunch on a community bench when a post lady came by and suggested we had lunch in the local church

as there were free drinks and seats. We thanked her and headed towards the church. Inside we were met by the sight of cups, milk, kettle and even a small fridge for cold drinks,

plus a polite sign asking for donations for this service. So, with boots off, we had lunch and drinks whilst sitting on comfortable chairs –

it was just so nice. After thanking a church warden for the facilities and praising their lovely church, we left a donation before venturing on our way. As we crossed a stile we met an Australian couple we had previously seen who were having their lunch. We exchanged friendly greetings and continued crossing fields of corn & stubble

until eventually we arrived at the next section, which was road walking for about 2 miles before heading back into fields of stubble.

As we were leaving one field I noticed Lynn’s lens cover was missing again, so we doubled back to try find it; this time it was lost.

This was probably my least enjoyable part of the walk as there was just field after field until we arrived in Danby Wiske.

[Danby Wiske; c 1086 is mentioned in the Domesday Book under the name of Danebi, meaning village of the Danes.]

As we entered the village it started to rain but we soon found our B&B as Danby is very small. Ashfield House was one house away from the pub, which was handy.

When we asked our host about an evening meal she announced that the pub wasn’t serving food as temporary staff were running it whilst the landlord was on holiday but we had nothing to worry about as she had planned to cook us a dinner. Peter & Sue Snell, an Australian couple we had met earlier on the trail, appeared. The meal was very nice, as was the company.

We visited the only pub in the village; it was empty apart from the barman so after a couple of drinks it was time to call it a day.

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