Bishop Auckland to Osmotherley

Our journeying this week has been mostly river path along the Tees and field paths. So easy flat walking you would think. Some of the trouble has been that the field paths have been either overgrown or non-existent, which has meant we have had more road walking than we would have liked.

Giant Hogweed by the Tees
Giant Hogweed by the Tees

We began by walking from Bishop Auckland along the very straight route of Dere street. We had to divert because of a barking fierce dog and ‘Keep out’ notices. The field paths were not well walked and by the time we got to the Tees, the Teeside Way was a welcome relief. This path has much to recommend it with wild life aplenty and clear signposting.

However it did not suffice us for our journey south and we had regretfully to leave it and plunge once more into the confusion which masqueraded as field paths. The villages we passed through were trim and bright, with about half of them having open churches. Once we walked into York Diocese we began to see posters up about our walk, which was most encouraging.

St Mary's Appleton Wiske
St Mary’s Appleton Wiske

Last Sunday we were at St Mary, Thirsk church. The congregation again were very warm and welcoming with interest in our walk. They had a collection for the Christian Aid project and also bought some of John’s books. It was good to meet up again with Ian Fox and Paul Rathbone and Elizabeth provided us with a delicious lunch. Some of them will be waking with us later in the week and so pictures in the next posting.

Nice to stop by and meet John Ryan, a builder hard at work finishing off a splendid dry stone wall, Paul the most helpful driver of the Arriva bus going to Darlington, John on his bike in Great Smeaton by the church,  the two ladies we met on the Cleveland Way just above Osmotherley and all the staff at the Village Inn in Brompton who have been more than helpful.


Miles walked so far – 137

Churches visited – open 7 locked 13

Kissing gates – 12

Accompanying walkers 0

Scrabble – Nancy 3 John 2

(includes one game with a total score of 933!)


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