Monday, 2 July 2012

Day 2 Burnsall to Buckden

A bit longer day today, about 15 miles. A lovely breakfast at the B & B, big bowl of fresh fruit and fantastic scrambled eggs. We set off about 9.00 am and got as far as Coniston Dib before the rain shower arrived, but it didn't last long. We saw a lot of groups of teenagers today doing their Duke of Edinburgh's Awards.
Hebden....Stepping Stones!

There was plenty of water in the river and the noise at Linton was tremendous.
A few showers on and off and the bus shelter at Kettlewell came in very handy as a dry lunch stop. Not very scenic but very useful.
It wasn't really a nice day for taking your time and admiring the view so we pressed on and got to Buckden rather early, In fact there was no one in at the West Winds tea room where we were staying so we went for a cup of tea at the village tea room and booked in there for a meal later in the evening. I've no idea why he wanted us to book as only six people ate there. The Buck Inn has reopened after being shut for four years but apparently it had closed at 5.00 pm on Sunday and wasn't open Monday. Take note if you are walking on a Monday and want anything to eat as almost everything is shut on a Monday. Only the tea room in Buckden and the pub at Cray are open. There was a serious lack of people around and this must be worrying for these businesses that have to make their money in the summer months.
West Winds Tea Room

Anyway we did eventually get into our accommodation and it was very nice and comfortable. Free tea and piece of cake when you arrive, chocolates and fruit in the rooms. Mind your step when leaving the bathroom or you will fall down the stairs! And so much health and safety advice to read plus a useful sheet about midges. Yes I'm afraid we did encounter a lot of the little pests and also cleggs (horse flies) that you can feel biting you. They don't bother me much but Margaret must have been more to their taste. We met a couple from Pateley Bridge in this B & B and he had a theory that they only really bother people with blood group A.
Anyway after a bath, no shower, we went for our meal which was very nice, home made steak and kidney pie. The owner was most entertaining and also owned the village shop next door.

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