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State: California
Country: USA
Begins: Jul 4, 2019
Direction: Eastbound

Daily Summary
Date: Sun, Jul 14th, 2019
Start: Egton
End: Robin Hood's Bay
Daily Distance: 16.4
Trip Distance: 194.5

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Just A Few More Feet To Sign Coast To Coast Completion Register

Egton Bridge to Robin Hood's Bay

A restful night, another good breakfast before setting out at a leisurely 9 a.m.—our final day and we tackled it with enthusiasm.

The weather was changeable at best, we had short morning showers and cloudy skies persisted. I was worried that we would not get a chance to see the deep blue of the North Sea. As it happened, I needn’t have been concerned, but that was for later in the day.

We walked along lovely wooded byways for a while and then, climbing rapidly out of Grosmont, found it true to its eponymous name; the last real uphill part of the hike. We continued up and down for a while, eventually coming to Falling Foss, a beautiful and to my mind, somewhat uncommon, waterfall where we had tea and shared a really good scone and Beacon Farm (local) ice cream. Refreshed, we soon left the woods and most of the climbing was behind us. The land opened onto the moors, and as we walked closer to the coast, the heather changed to grasslands once more dotted with sheep.

All the while, the clouds hung grey and threatening above us but as the afternoon wore on, they too started to break up and soon the sun sprinkled us with dabs of light and the approaching sea turned from dark and metallic to the deep blue of the sky. It was uplifting and I began to feel sad that our journey would soon end.

We had some road walking on this section again, but my spirits lifted when we finally stood on the cliffs overlooking the sea and headed south to Robin Hood’s Bay. There was a gentle breeze that kept us cool on this very exposed part of the walk and the wildflowers abounded. When we reached the village, we headed straight down the hill to touch the water before stopping at the Bay Hotel, the official end of the walk, and a pint of Wainwright’s beer. I was able to locate a B and B (thank you, booking.com!) to spend the night, which made us happy for another bed to sleep in.

As we left Wainwright’s pub, we bumped into Claire, Tom and Adam, the three friends we first met at Danby Wiske. They were holding fish and chips, the very next thing on my agenda! After exchanging congratulations with them, they told us the famous fish shop, Maid Marion’s, was closing in half an hour. I think it was fate we ran into them, because had we not, we would have gone to the B and B and comeback later only to find it closed! A circumstance I was beginning to get used to.

Well-fed, we found our B and B, Clarence Dene, had a second (victory) beer at the near-by Victory Hotel...then “home” to our B & B for blessed sleep.

What fun we've had--from sea to sea--wonderful people, beautiful country and all the beer we could drink!

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