Day 16: Harrogate – Skipton-on-Swale

The morning was grey and threatened rain, but it never quite appeared.

After leaving Harrogate, following guidance from locals, we joined an old railway line, which has now been turned into a cycle track. There was an impressive viaduct that provided us with a bird’s eye view over the river.

We crossed through several fields with grazing cows and the odd farm building before reaching Ripon. We ate our lunch here while listening to bagpipes being played in a neighbouring courtyard.

After saying goodbye to the folk who had joined us from Harrogate, we carried on with our march, alternating sections through fields and on roads.

As always seems to be the case, the route was longer than forecast – with a total of 40 km instead of the 30 km we were expecting. This meant that we arrived in Skipton-on-Swale in the dark… From there we were picked up in cars and the support van to sleep at our hosts’ houses in Thirsk.

Some of the beautiful scenery we’ve been passing through

Written by: Luis Alejos

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