Monday 4th April 2016 – 811.48 miles
Woke to rain again this morning however our tent was much drier inside than it was yesterday.
Very overcast and drizzly when we left at 7am. The rain wasn’t heavy but it was persistent – my waterproof gloves worked well again today.
Today we reached our 800th mile! We took our usual selfie. Not sure exactly where we were but it was near a place called Bodsbury Hill. The rain lessened but didn’t stop as we walked into Crawford.
We were looking for somewhere to rest and maybe use a loo and have a cuppa – no luck though. The hotel was closed and up for auction and the public toilets were locked although there was a new childrens play area being constructed! We perched in a bus shelter for a short rest then on we walked. We met Ronnie who asked about our walk and we gave him a flyer – he also told us that all the public toilets in this area were now locked!!
We turned off the road onto a quiet country lane that would take us to our next destination at Abington – another 4 miles further on. At the end of the village we noticed a road marked Watling Street!
We crossed over the River Clyde and to our right we could see the ruins of Crawford Castle through the trees. We turned onto a narrow winding lane alongside the railway for a while then up through hills and valleys.
We met a young man on a quad bike herding some sheep with his sheepdog. The sheep were ready to lamb and, as he was expecting the weather to worsen, he was shepherding them down to a more sheltered place. The road took us over the railway and back over the Clyde before we turned onto the main road again and arrived on the outskirts of Abington.
The Abington Hotel was open so we walked in. We were warmly welcomed by Tarun who sat us down by a heater and brought us a pot of tea for two and he said “No charge” thanks Tarun. We were able to charge our phones too. 20 minutes later his manager Steven arrived with two plates of chicken goujons and chips – how lovely was that? And very welcome too.
We also had a pot of fresh coffee before getting ready to leave. I popped over to the local shop to get a couple of things for tomorrow then reluctantly we said our goodbyes to Tarun and his son Josh and manager Steven.
Tarun also gave us a huge bag of chilli tortilla chips to munch later. Our thanks for your generosity and friendly welcome. When we left, not only were our phone batteries fully charged but, so were we!
The next few miles were along the main road until we came to Roberton where we turned left up through the village – such a beautiful valley. The lane took us past pretty little cottages and then out into open country. All day we were discussing whether to carry on along the road to Glasgow or to take the more scenic route to Lanark and onwards along the Clyde Walkway.
We are so pleased that we decided on the Lanark route. We were struck straight away by the quietness all around us. We could hear a skylark winging ever upwards and the occasional pheasant too. The sheep as usual were very interested in what we were doing.