Day 24, 25 Coronation Weekend Richmond and Marsk

Saturday was a lovely day, although not so lovely in London. We did a quick trip out to get some fresh backed goods for the day and then it was time to tuck in and watch the coronation on the television. Being Canadian, we opted to watch the CBC coverage, although everything from the cathedral would have been from filmed by BBC I assume.

The shops and businesses were decorated in flags and royal photos, all the pubs were flying flags and bunting as we walked around the town in the early morning. The festivities will carry on throughout the weekend as it has been declared a bank holiday.

We decorated our “home” with a little commonwealth support!
A Charity Shop window is all bedecked.
A posher home along the way
And, of course, the local pub is all bedecked as well.

Once all the provisioning was done, we settled in with our scones and cream, cheese and crackers and of course, mimosas!

Dan preparing the first toast of the day. We could actually watch the event in local time, which meant for once I was not getting up at 3:30 am to prep for the viewing from Canada!

Gwen and Dan are ensconced with the arrivals of the dignitaries. Here they are showing the entrance of Justin and Sophie Trudeau. We actually managed to see the CBC coverage of the events.
The magical moment of crowning.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police lead the carriage procession back to Buckingham Palace after the Coronation.
With a grand finale of the royal lineage watching the fly by.

With the coronation over, we had a short walk around the town and then back home for a quiet night.

The four of us taking advantage of some sunshine to sit out in the garden.

Day 25, Marsk to Helwith and back!

We had a leisurely start with a lovely 6 mile walk from Marsh through fields beside the Swale tributary and climbing up, only to descend once again to our turning point at Helwith. The day was warmer than we have had and we thoroughly enjoyed the fine day ( although the skies continued to threaten us from afar!

We started our walk beside a Norman church of St Edmund, founded in 1090 on the site of a former wooden church.
The skies were changeable and led to some wonderful vistas
How green is my valley!
Sometimes the stone buildings framed with the moss covered stone fences reminded me of our walk along the Camino.
….and here is an old oak with heart!
The walk along the hillside was magical, seeing these old stone crofts being overshadowed with the splendor of spring.
It was time to cross the river and try to find Helwith.
This field was quite chewed up, as a farmer told us that the owner had tried putting pigs in the field!
We soon found the crossing to take us to Helwith. The teapot was the only sign!

Glenn had read in the “Poodling Guide” that there was a tea room at Hellwith. This would make a lovely stop at the half way point for us.

Once over the little bridge we met up with a woman who wanted to show us her newest arrival…the little baby goat in the foreground is only a week old! We then asked her if she could point out the tearoom, and she pointed to her backyard and said “It’s just there in the garden”!
It was quite sunny when we arrived so we chose a table under an awning in the back corner.
The woman told us she had just made fresh scones, and would we like some with cream and jam. “OF COURSE!” We replied. hands down, these were the best scones any of us had tasted while in the UK!

Once we had scarfed down our scones with cream and red current preserve we reluctantly headed back towards Marske. Along the way, we met a farmer in the field with a young horse, and he commented “Now don’t go telling people about this walk!!”….little did he know, I write a blog!!!

A view of Helwith. Not the same as Helwith Bridge and the Inn we like to go to, but should we come back, this will definitely be on our return itinerary!
More stunning views along the way.

Once back in Marske, we decided to visit the little Norman church from where we started today’s walk. St Edmund’s is a small church, no running water, no toilets, and we presume no heat, but the atmosphere was still very warm and inviting. Like all small churches, they are discussing their future and the possibility of converting this church into more of a community space. For anyone who knows me, this sounded all too familiar.

One interesting fact we discovered was that this church actually housed the bones of St Cuthbert. Yes, the same saint who was in Lindisfarne and who’s bones were carried off to protect them from marauding Danes. Turns out that there was 2 places where his bones rested temporarily until their final resting place in Durham Cathedral, and this was one of them! One other bit of trivial, the Gospels that Charles placed his hand upon during the coronation were the Lindisfarne Gospels. They were created in the early 700’s and are housed in the British Library when not in use at coronations!

The interior of St Edmunds in Marske. As the visitor pointed out to me, the current aisles are too narrow for a coffin to be brought in with pallbearers ( must come in the front door) and a bride walking down the aisle with her father, she must follow him instead!
A beautiful stained glass window int the church featuring St Edmund, as seen on the left.

Once our visit to St Edmund’s was done, we headed back to Richmond. We were invited to a street party as part of the weekend long festivities for the coronation. After a pastoral morning setting, we relaxed our weary bones with drinks and good food!

As we drove into Richmond, we noticed that the flag on the tower had been exchanged from a National Trust flag to the Union Jack. Fitting for the coronation.

It’s once again time to bid farewell. We are entering our last week in Richmond and have planned some exciting walks and visits for our last few days of Dales exploration. Hope you can join us again. Until then…

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