Guided Coast to Coast Day 8


Top of Waimwight's aims for the Coast to Coast was to avoid towns. 

"Richmond being the only town visited and that by design."

But the route takes in many smaller settlements.

It's hard to believe Keld, in lead mining boom times, once had a population of 6000. The village now has no shop and it's just Keld Lodge that gives the place some life. Staying there is great with the food, beer and humour that Yorkshire is proud of. 

Muker, Gunnerside and Healaugh all have  remains of last year's Grande Depart of the Tour de France, raced in the Dales. Tatty old bikes, painted yellow, we're strung up on walls. 

Reeth is a place with a bit of character. For it's size it seems to be doing well to have three pubs. But it once had thirteen. Set on the hillside with a view over the valley, if you get here on a sunny afternoon it's the perfect picturesque place to sit and have an ice cream, sit on a picnic table outside a pub. Even the most ardent factory lover would have to concede it's quite nice. 

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