Sunday, 5 March 2017

Northallerton to Kilburn

Hello. Here I am again having survived another day of walking. So what has happened on day four? Well I have done another 18 miles, mostly on minor roads which are part of the National Cycle Network. All nice and easy to follow, plenty of signs, and marked on the map. 
I left the hotel at 9.15am after a smashing breakfast served at the table by a young lady. Once out of the hotel it was only a few minutes to Northallerton Town Centre so I took a few pics. 
The Town Hall is having some repairs done.

It has a very wide main street with parking bays on both sides, and an array of small shops, mostly local independent businesses. Very attractive frontages.

If I had walked a little further last night I would have had a choice of several hotels and pubs with accommodation, but my feet weren't up to traipsing around looking for the cheapest.

Not a hotel, a private house. I saw this on the way out of town.
Today's walk took me through several villages. It was a sunny day just perfect. I love this simple home made sign, made out of a log.

After Knayton came Upsall, typical of the houses around here.


No idea what this house is, standing grand up on the hillside, with no name at the gate. 
Next Kirby Knowle, and this is the church at Felixkirk.

Into Sutton under Whitestonecliffe, past the pub.

I had an idea of where I might get a bed, after searching the internet last night, and I rang a pub to ask if they had any vacancies. I didn't like to commit myself too early as I might not get there. As luck would have it there was a bed at Kilburn, the home of the Mouseman, and by lunch time I decided I would be able to get there. In fact I had plenty of time, so I had a little bimble around Gormire Lake. My goodness the ground was boggy.

I clocked in at The Forresters Arms at 5pm. There was rain for the last hour of my walk, but my brolly coped with keeping me dry. The room is quaint, olde worlde, with tiny windows overlooking the courtyard. It was bustling with customers when I arrived, and still busy when I went down to pay my rent at 7pm.

I've watched a bit of telly tonight, Countryfile and Midwives, now I'm going to look at the maps to see where I might end up tomorrow night. I'm just past the halfway mark now at 74 miles, are you exhausted yet.

Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip.

25 comments:

  1. Tony has just said that if you fany a trip over this way we can offer a bed, your own bathroom and a lift back onto your route.

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    1. That's very kind of you, I'm heading for York. What's your address and have you a mobile number. Reply before 11pm as I may not put the computer on in the morning.

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    2. Checking in this morning. I have no way of contacting you, sorry, I can't put my mobile number on here.

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  2. Yes, I AM exhausted, I was exhausted the other day when you'd done 36 miles in two days! Wow, you're surely getting those miles under your belt, you must sleep like the dead at the end of each day. Lovely pictures too, just love those sweet cottages, and that lonely, looking kirk, very atmospheric, thank you for the journey. Take care, don't overdo it and look after those blisters, will be cheering you on. All the best, Terry

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    1. Only one blister left, and it's nearly gone.

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  3. Seems today was a nicer walk for you through villages. Wise to carry your brolly and glad you didn't get soaked. Hope you get another good breakfast.

    Thanks for allowing us to follow you via your blog. You are amazingly strong. As always be safe and stop somewhere for the night before dark. You deserve a decent place to rest.

    Sandy

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  4. I so admire your stamina, your spirit, and your courage to walk lonely paths by yourself. I wish I was still fit enough to do it and see the lovely views and places you encounter. I'm interested in your word "bimble", I've never heard it before and rather like it. What part of the country does it originate from ? Jean.

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  5. Glad you were not soaked. Thanks for the photos and I hope you get a good rest.

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  6. The big house on the hill is Upsall Castle I think. Have a good day tomorrow enjoying reading your journey.

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  7. I'm in Kent so offering B&B is of no use to you, I wish it was. You are an inspiration.

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  8. Wow! Lovely town and the churches are beautiful!

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  9. Wow Ilona, I'm impressed by your motivation and enthusiasm!! You are really pushing yourself to a top level of drive and I think your 'get up and go' attitude is an inspiration. I'm going on a little trip at the end of this month with hikes planned and I feel inspired to get in as much walking as possible. You're doing great. You are a fearless chick.

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  10. PS. I was intrigued by the pic of the grand house, thinking it might be open to the public. Looks like it is a private residence and was for sale with price tag of 4 million british pounds.
    http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-38053173.html

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  11. I just popped in and saw photos of familiar places. You must have walked past my dad's house in Northallerton, just up the road from the private house you have a photo of. By the way, that house used to be a pub long ago, the Unicorn and Turf. It was at the end of the home straight of the racecourse (now Racecourse Lane). Enjoy your walk!

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  12. You are doing what we always discuss doing but never achieve...........perhaps this year.
    Well done you will have done a month and a half's walking by the time you return home.
    Are you enjoying the walking or will it something to enjoy once you return home.? Sue

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    1. Hi Sue. Just being out and about is enjoyable. The walking is a mixture of hard slog and feeling alive in the countryside. As with anything you do some of it is fantastic, and some makes you think why are you doing this.

      My challenge was to walk from the Tyne to the Humber, I did it once before and I wondered if I could do it again.

      Walking a long way mile after mile gives you time to look inside yourself, to evaluate your life, to remember times gone by and to plan for the future. I have to be alone for this.

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    2. That last sentence is so true Ilona, beautifully put.

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  13. I am enjoying reading about your expedition very much. You are an inspiration. Well done! SueM

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  14. Love the photos from today! yes I am exhausted just thinking about 18 miles every day :) Looking forward to the next report
    Julie

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  15. You are an amazing lady. May the remainder of your trip be blessed with fine weather, beautiful views, and a lovely room every night! Thanks for the inspiration. Sheri

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  16. hats off to you,you are an inspiration!

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  17. You are one incredible lady, Ilona. Thank you for sharing your amazing walks and your amazing life with us! Blessings, Bess

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  18. Unbelievable! You are amazing. I just don't have that stamina. X

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  19. I love walking, and I used to walk quite a lot (though not as many miles as you) until I got diagnosed with worn cartillage in both knees. Maybe it's genetic and maybe the walking causes erosion unless one gets precautions such as straps, elastic socks etc.. Who knows. Anyway, I had to reduce the amount of walking to spare my knees. Good Luck with your walking adventures!

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  20. That strange entrance obviously leads into a Hobbit house!!!

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