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Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Day 26 - Barnard Castle to Brough

The food at The Old Well in Barnard Castle was above average for normal pub grub. I had so called pate de fois gras, fish pie, and a praline caramel cheese cake. No wine was offered which seems to be common with the run of the mill pubs I gave visited on this trip. I suppose it would be available if asked for, but then it would be unlikely to be offering a well considered list so why bother to ask?

I think I said I was staying at The Golden Lion - it was actually The Coach and Horses, which had nothing much to recommend it. I actually walked into the other one and backed out very quickly.

The walk today has been enjoyable. Despite a rain forecast I had good weather except for a five minute shower which made me don my waterproof jacket for the first time in twenty four days. As it turned out I wouldn't have bothered but kept it on in consideration of the strong wind. Initial walking was through parkland following the river. A road section lead past reservoirs and chats with fishermen. Next came a six mile trek accross wild Stainmore Common moorland and not a soul to be seen - all wild and wonderful with curlews and oyster catchers in abundance.

It turned out to be a long day with arrival in Brough at about 5.30 but thankfully The Castle had accomodation, and despite first impressions has turned out to be comfortable, and the rump steak I asked for at medium rare was cooked to perfection. I seem to be having a run of destinations without camp sites and I'm not sure if I am engineering this on purpose.

Stile count has gone a bit astray, by it has now rocketed to 70 plus.
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