Friday 20th July 2018
7.06 miles today. 698.65 miles total.
The midges were out in force this morning and I could hear people trying to get away from them and lots of complaints about being bitten, so I made a point of covering up completely, including midge net, before coming emerging from my tent.
The rain was just starting as I left the campsite for the walk through the forest (lots of flies) and across the moor.
I was carrying the full pack again, but without extra water, and didn’t really notice it at normal weight.
At my lunch stop I tried to photograph a stoat running under the gate. I can only just see it on my phone though…
The walk was only just over 7 miles so was relatively easy.
This is the view from Shitlington Crags.
It’s downhill to Bellingham from here.
On the way I passed Horneystead farm that welcomes walkers in a unique way.
Shelter from the rain, free drinks, snacks etc, donations welcome but not required. Chairs to sit on, shelter, toilet, shower… I’d heard of it but hadn’t expected to find it.
It was fun to see names of other walkers that I recognised on the visitor list
and to say hello to a lovely black dog, and get a snack for the journey. I left a donation and imagine most people do, but what a great idea.
I’m at Bellingham Camping and Caravan Club site, pitched in my own little area
with a decorative tree and a picnic table, and it’s all very clean and comfortable.
This site has good additional facilities for wet backpackers like me.
Tomorrow is a rest day so time to do some more kit maintenance. My shoes are disintegrating – this repair didn’t last long,
and my tent poles are bent!