Tuesday, June 06, 2023

2023 England and Scotland - Day #14 - To Bowness-on-Solway

Both Sharon and I were up very early. Packing up the room, we had a variation on an English breakfast.

I rolled away from the hotel about 8:15 am. The plan for the day was for Tom and Sharon to take a taxi to Burgh-by-Sands. For the second day in a row, I was going to try and catch them.

I enjoyed the section leaving Carlisle more than section coming into the city on the previous day. It reminded me of the American River Parkway. There was about three miles of wooded trail along the Eden River. After I turned away from the river, the farm pastures were divided by hedges rather than the stone walls that we had seen earlier on the hike. Over the course of the day, I was frankly surprised by how few people I passed going the other way; I would guess no more than fifteen.

I stopped briefly at St. Mary's Church in Beaumont and then St. Michael's in Burgh-by-Sands.

Pushing hard, I caught up with Sharon and Tom in Glasson just after they stopped to have lunch. At that point, I had covered 13 miles to catch with them. In the last two days, I had hiked 30 fast miles by myself in just about ten hours. My right knee was not particularly happy with me.

The three of us walked the last three miles into Bowness-on-Solway together. In total, I cover 16 miles in about five hours and forty minutes.

After taking a few pictures at the end of the trail marker and stamping our passport, we had a celebratory pint at the Kings Arms. From there we walked to the Wallsend Guest House.

We finished the day with dinner back at the Kings Arms. After a shimp cocktail, Sharon had fish and chips, while Tom and I had a trio of lamb chops.

After two hard days, we crashed early.

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