RICHMOND – MARVELLOUS  WHAT A REST DAY CAN DO.

View from my room at The Old Brewery, Richmond
View from my room at The Old Brewery, Richmond

Walking into the town of Richmond after a long stretch of trail a relaxed feeling came over me in the knowledge tomorrow is a rest day. Non walking day, empty backpack and do washing , clean clothes yahoo!. Of course ask any walker what they do on their rest day an nearly always they will say “went for a walk around the town”. Well same for me. Richmond is a lovely old town, after buying a few necessities I’d noticed a sign on this tiny door at Millgate House saying open garden. Praised highly by Monty Don and Alan Tichmarsh I opened the door and walked down the laneway and what a beautiful garden it was.

Scenes from Millgate House
Scenes from Millgate House

image image image image imageA rest day is also a time to reflect on your walk so far , laugh about the exciting parts, think about how you took a different path (no such thing as getting lost) , why you’re backpack is so heavy. Next time lighter. Some of the fun times were getting up and over or through the stiles in the fences.

Getting through these can be fun with a daypack on.
Getting through these can be fun with a daypack on.
Eating wild raspberries for morning tea every day.
Eating wild raspberries for morning tea every day.
Hmmm mud for days on end.
Hmmm mud for days on end.
Oh! Memories of the trail so far.
Oh! Memories of the trail so far.

The next few days will be lovely and flat. It’s harvest time in the fields, unfortunately a bit of road walking but lots of sheep and cows to have a chat to along the way. With a spring in the step and rejuvenated after the rest day it’s off for the last 60 miles.

"G'Day mate"
“G’Day mate”

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