A guilt free day of indulgence today. A rest day. After a wonderful sleep on a soft fluffy bed with my room still perfumed from my sweet peas I went down for a wonderful lazy breakfast. Several coffees later I’m off, heading to Shap, a very short day today of around 10 kilometres.
Mainly across fields with public access today, following a river on the right. I love local directions “just keep the river on the right then turn at the gate”. Several gates later I’m still following the river.
Getting from one field to another is usually a bit of fun. The stiles are either made of wood or stone. Some narrower than others.
One of the famous things about Shap is the Shap Abbey. Founded in 1199 by the St Norbert order. Unfortunately a bit of plundering by Henry viii, then locals to build houses and fences using the stone now leaves it in ruins. As I walk around it today, there is some work happening to stop it going further into decline.
The cultural part of day over and done with now for the indulgence . Through a few more paddocks arriving in Shap at lunchtime, the smell of the award winning Shap Chippy is irresistible, a piece of cod, chips and pickled onion go down a treat. Nearby tables of people were very interested in where we were from and our walk.
Next it was onto Abbey Coffee Shop for walnut cake and coffee.
Enough now, off to our accommodation for the best indulgence of the trip, a Bath and a Hairdryer, I can’t believe it. The guilt did show up later when I indulged in a chocolate for dinner. Oh well! I have been doing some serious climbing lately.