Coast to Coast – September 2016 – Day 7 Kirkby Stephen to Keld

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Today is a red letter day – we reach half way at Keld and we crisis the Pennines and the watershed for the northern uk where water now flows to the North Sea rather than the Irish Sea. BUT the legendary peat bogs of Nine Standards Rigg await those unsuspecting souls who aren’t fleet of foot or able to dance across the boggy terrain.

Nine Standards as we leave the Lake District for Yorkshire

Nine Standards as we leave the Lake District for Yorkshire

Yorkshire at its best!

Yorkshire at its best!

Steve (a Yorkshireman) was first to sink his leg into a peat hole and enjoy the feeling of cold dirty putrid decomposing water and matter  fill his boot and traverse his leg. Fortunately, he’s sharing a room with Bob who is very understanding! Steve looks quite happy though despite his misadventure.

Steve was the first to taste the Yorkshire Bog Experience - quite fitting for a Yorkshireman!

Steve was the first to taste the Yorkshire Bog Experience – quite fitting for a Yorkshireman!

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Kerry also tasted the Peat Bog experience – just a little more than Steve! Here she is modelling the latest fashion accessory of peat bog worn just over the knees – mmmmm quite fetching!

So we had some interesting moments over the bogs, but we still had 13 to sample the wares of Amanda Owen’s kitchen at Ravenseat Farm – cream teas were the order of the day and all enjoyed in the sun.

Ravenseat Farm - 9 kids already for Amanda and Clive - who knows what winter will bring?

Ravenseat Farm – 9 kids already for Amanda and Clive – who knows what winter will bring?

Ravenseat Farm

Ravenseat Farm

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We reached Keld Lodge late afternoon after a steady walk and with two days ahead of easy walking, the group should be recharged and ready for a 26 mile and a 21 mile walk back to back. If they can manage that then they will make the end – time will tell!

 

 

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