Road Trip Day #10 Lastingham

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We had booked only one night here as that was all that was available on line but they told us that our room was open for the next night if we wanted to stay another day.  Our first decision of the day was whether to stay or move on.  We decided it would be too rushed to do the run/walk we wanted to do if we checked out today.  It is so relaxing here that it suits our needs for a down day.

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The beginning of our walk on the moors.  The ground is to uneven for elderly runners to negotiate safely.
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The heather is in full bloom in July and August when the hillsides are completely purple.

We mapped out a seven mile walk/run through the moors which immediately became a walk only when we experienced the uneven terrain.  After two miles of walking and not seeing anything but undulating moorland and a lot of sheep we came to a junction in the road and not sure about the path to take and looking at some threatening clouds and gusty misty winds we decided to do an about face and head back to the inn for hot coffee and breakfast.

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Blue skies wide open expanses.

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This was our first waypoint, Ann’s cross.
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The sky has gone from partly cloudy to completely cloudy with wind and mist.
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The walk home was windy, misty, cold, uncomfortable and long.
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Cairn and heather.
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Brrrr, I’m cold.
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Still a long way to go.

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Imagine these moors with all of the heather in full bloom.
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Impossible to avoid all of the sheep shit.
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Jim is still trudging along.
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While Sandy takes pictures.
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Almost home.
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Or maybe not.
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Now we are almost home.
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Home at last.
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In time for a full English breakfast.

After breakfast we visited the parish church and explored the quaint stone farm houses of the village.

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Sun is out again, time for more exploring.
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St. Mary’s parish church in tiny Lastingham.
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This is downtown Lastingham.
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More of downtown.

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We ended our walk with a game of croquet.

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A nice little hideaway in the garden.
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6:30 dinner in the dining room.

We had a delicious meal in the dining room then retired to our room to research our next destination which is Richmond.

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