Hello. Yet another posh hotel stopover, when I've walked 20 miles which I have done today it's a matter of collapsing at the first hotel I see. Coming into Northallerton on the right hand side is the Allerton Court Hotel, look no further I thought, that will do me nicely.
I am finding that there are not a lot of footpaths where I would like them to be, quite a few going across but not many going up and down. So I have had to be using roads again. I try and use B roads, but as the day went on today, time was running out and I have to estimate how long it will take me to get to my destination. I chose to come down the A167 joining it at Great Smeaton, this being the most direct route. It meant walking along the grass verge for a few miles, but if I had gone in a more roundabout route I would have done more miles and it would have taken longer. I checked in here at 5.30pm,
My stopover last night was a few miles north of Darlington so I spent the first couple of hours walking through it, and out the other side. A typical brown tourist information sign.
I had to be careful choosing a route on the minor roads because I needed to cross the River Tees as it twists and turns, and there aren't many bridges. The footpath does a left turn at High Sockburn over this rickety bridge to Girsby on the other side.
Now I'm going to check the maps and work out which direction I will be going in tomorrow, to give me the best chance to find the next bed.
Saturday night telly is worse than in the week, why are all those people jumping up and down in their seats, clapping and cheering at two silly men acting daft? Bloomin nuts if you ask me.
Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon. Have a nice Sunday.