12.5 miles

The weather report indicated a hot day ahead, so we left Richmond and The Old Brewery B&B early to beat the heat.

The Old Brewery B&B

The path took us along the River Swale on a pleasant wooded trail.

Path by River Swale

We were afforded one last look at Richmond.

Richmond from the trail leaving town

The woods were delightfully cool, with bluebells and wild garlic growing profusely on either side of the trail.

Bluebells
Wild Garlic

A very colorful duck (a mallard?) posed for us as we walked by the river.

Duck

Having left the woods behind, we would be walking mostly on country lanes through farmland with little shade for the rest of the day. As the day warmed up, even the cattle were looking for a little relief!

Cows cooling off

The farmland was quite colorful, punctuated by the brilliant yellow, flowering rapeseed fields.

Rapeseed fields

We stopped to have a picnic under a tree at Bolton-on-Swale, a village that boasts a curiosity, a former resident, Henry Jenkins, buried in the churchyard who apparently lived to be 169 years old! Some comments may support that claim, although I wonder if the truth is slightly stretched in this matter.

Along the roadside, we passed an aged treehouse being slowly stretched by the growing tree. Another something to ponder: how long ago did children enjoyed this edifice?

Treehouse

Arriving at the White Swan, we checked in, had a cold shower and then a cool drink with boots off on the inviting lawn.

The White Swan

On my first C2C hike the previous year I had stayed in Danby Wiske at the nearby Old School House B&B, so I walked down the street and had a good visit with its owners, Frank and Doreen. For dinner, we returned to the White Swan which was under new management and in the midst of remodeling; they kindly ordered for us a take-out meal.

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