Today has been a killer because it has been roasting hot. The sweat was running off me, and I have only had to pee the once, despite drinking loads, ha ha. My clothes were wringing wet and they are now hanging up to dry ready for tomorrow. I left the rip off Cow and Calf at 9am and headed east on the road for a short while to get my legs working again. It's really strange, one day I get more pain from my knees, the next day they are alright and it's my shoulders giving me bother. The blisters on my little toes are alright most of the time with twinges of soreness coming and going. Perhaps one day everything will feel fine all day.
I followed the road to Burley Woodhead, then went across the fields to Menston. The Dales Way runs parallel with the road, on the right, but my legs didn't seem to want to climb the bank to get up there. It was starting to get really hot at 10 o clock. I would have loved an ice cream but I couldn't see anyone serving at this kiosk :o)
I picked up the Dales Way a bit further along when I passed Chevin End, this was a nice walk through the woods, nice to be under the shade of the trees.
There are quite a view places for good views along here. Here I am passing high above Otley, one of my favourite places, but no time to visit today, I'm on a mission.
Next the path took me to Chevin Forest Park. I met three ladies with a load of children, they were taking them for a picnic and they were all chattering excitedly. One of the ladies put me on the right path for Bramhope. The Park is riddled with paths so I was pleased to get help. I would have quite liked to picnic with the kids, but no time, must press on. There are lots of these wooden carvings scattered about. I saw loads of people walking with dogs and kids, it's a very popular place.
I can recomend it for a lovely walk if you are in the area.
Here I am arriving at Bramhope, time for lunch. I found a bench in a little memorial garden opposite the Methodist Church. Boots off and eat the quiche from last night. Beautiful flowers again.
Next a little road walking to Eccup, then across the fields towards Harewood House. The fragrance from this wild flower meadow was devine, it was buzzing with bees and fluttering butterflies.
Now I was in the grounds of Harewood, there are acres and acres of it. I didn't see the house as I walked through, but I came across this sign. I thought it was strange that lots of cars all came down the track, they appeared to come from some farm buildings. I thought it must be some kind of convention and they are all leaving at the same time. Then I twigged, this is where they film Emmerdale. I could see part of the village and what looked like the Woolpack, but of course I was not allowed to go any closer.
After I came out of the park and crossed over the A61 I walked along the Leeds Country Way to Bardsley. This was easy to follow, and well signposted.
Nearly forgot, BBC Radio Humberside are ringing me in the morning for a progress report. I have got to make sure I am in an area with a good signal at about 9.40am.
I am still hoping for a Sunday finish, but I have the option of going into Monday. You can never tell what will happen, I will try for Sunday. Three more days, can I do it? Toodle pip.