BEDS, HIKERS AND SCRAMBLED EGGS

Leaving Shap and a beautiful day awaits.
Leaving Shap and a beautiful day awaits.

Sitting in the breakfast room of a 300 year old house now a B&B, fellow travellers were ordering poached eggs. One traveller insisted she have her eggs scrambled.  The owner, a spritely older woman has been operating the B&B for 49 years, and now does it all herself. Lovely fruits, cereals, jams and yogurts all spread out looking very inviting. As we were all finishing breakfast the owner comes around to collect the plates, we thank her and as she goes to collect the other plates, the lady with the scrambled eggs hands back her plate of untouched eggs and says “I’ve eaten to much of everything else”. The dismissive way in which she gave her plate back made me ponder the question today, What makes a good traveller? When did we come to needing phone service 24/7. What happen to “How are you? not “Do you have wifi?” Are we all so preoccupied that we can’t give a smile and Good Morning. Does it hurt to say thank you and thank you for drying my boots . My bed was dreadful.  There is a crack in my bathroom wall of the 600 year old house I’m staying in.  When did all this happen, that our expectations when travelling gives us the right to be sour, mean and disagreeable. What ever happen to looking at the fluffy white cloud in the sky and feeling happy that you are able to travel to wonderful locations. Is it certain Nationalities that are like this or is it just individuals. I have always found when doing long walks that it is a very caring, helpful and appreciative community. Not everyone I have meet on these last walks are like this, I fear the goal post may have shifted. Maybe it’s the B & B crowd. Every day I set out with my aching muscles, I look for the wonderful things in the day, the buttercup in the crack in the wall, the bunch of sweet peas that will give me pleasure, the 2,500 ft hill to climb so I can say I did it! The beautiful sunset as I sit and contemplate. Come on walkers let’s spread the joy of the great outdoors!.

A few wonderful photos for you to enjoy of my fabulous day.

Hills of purple Heather.
Hills of purple Heather.
The trail leading gently up.
The trail leading gently up.
Feeling lucky the bog was not bad today.
Feeling lucky the bog was not bad today.
Reflections in a puddle.
Reflections in a puddle

Today we were on a mission to see the concentric stone circles in Oddendale, tick✔️. The other mission was to find Robin Hoods Grave. Looked and looked but couldn’t find it amongst all the heather. When we got to our B & B with wifi we find out Robin Hood is buried in several places in England. Greeted warmly by our hostess at the B & B when we arrived,  a fellow traveller also arrives. She asks him “are you loving the walk, having fun”. His answer  ” I haven’t had this much fun since my last migraine”. Grrrrrrr!!!!!

Get me back to the Hostel Life!

 

7 thoughts on “Coast to Coast- Bampton Grange – Shap- Kirby Stephen

  1. Good Morning. I am sitting in the warmth and comfort of our lovely town house – I feel guilty that I am here and you are out in the bitterly cold wind exposed to all the elements. The stories and photos are again so explicit – I close my eyes and picture the mountains, the rocks, the cows, the posy of sweet peas etc. thank you for sharing your journey.
    Sadly many people can not appreciate the simple things in life – I agree a simple thank you is often all that is needed.
    Continue to enjoy. Roger and Rhonda

      1. With all the elements it is still all wonderful. Even today will be fun in rain and bog. 🏃🏼🏃🏼

  2. Hello Helen,
    Poor Mrs MacNeil! Her place was truly a hermitage for the three of us 10 days ago as it took us over 12 hours to walk from Patterdale to Shap (don’t ask!)
    We stayed in wonderful B&Bs ( all except one in Ennerdale) and found the people most polite, interesting and interested. I think hearing some of those comments would have spoiled my morning or evening! One of the enchantment of walking is meeting kind hearted people. I wish you the best of luck.

    1. Thanks Alexandra by now you have finished the C2C I hope all went well and you loved the walk, people and the country. We are so lucky to be able to have such a wonderful journey. Best of luck to you for your next walk.🏃🏼🏃🏼🏃🏼🏃🏼🏃🏼

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