Day 8 - Friday 8 June 2012
Muker to Reeth (9.9 miles)
On waking up this morning our worst fears were realised – judging by the low cloud and rain this would have to be a day where we stayed low due to little visibility. There would be no point doing the high route to Reeth in these conditions. We sought confirmation of this from our B&B host John who agreed with us that we would be better off going via Gunnerside this morning.
After a sumptuous yet leisurely breakfast at Swale Farm, we left Muker at 0940 in full foul weather gear and headed over the fields to join the path to Ivelet Bridge and Gunnerside. We have walked this route before and it still remains one of our favourite stretches of walking. Notwithstanding the weather, we made good progress and arrived in Gunnerside just after 1100, just in time for a break in the weather and a cream tea at The Ghyllfoot Tea Room.
Walking through the meadows at Muker
Watch while I make this disappear
Pressing on, we left Gunnerside and headed for Blades then Healaugh. It chucked it down all the way to Reeth and the only highlight was seeing a daft sheep up on a roof. After passing the impressive Suspension Bridge we arrived in Reeth and made straight for the The Buck Hotel for a well deserved drink and a lovely roaring fire. Mark and Irene arrived shortly after having come over the high route from Keld and they confirmed to us that it was pretty miserable up on the top. We were both staying at The School House at the top of the village and we made our way separately to avoid all arriving at once.
We were met at the door of The School House by Peter who quite rightly made doubly sure we would not make an absolute mess of his pristine property by asking us to remove our wet gear and boots prior to entering the house. It is a super property with a lovely view from the entrance and the room was also very comfortable.
After settling in we dined at Overton House in Reeth and whilst a tad pricey, the meal we had was exceptional. Tomorrow we have another short trip of just over 11 miles to Richmond where a rest day follows on the Sunday.
The view from The School House, Reeth
The School House, Reeth – pristine and immaculate with a superb breakfast. As far as we are aware, this establishment is no longer a B&B unfortunately.
Day 8 Data
4 hrs 37 min
51 hrs 27 min
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