Today was another early start and we set off from Chilton at 8 am. By the time we had climbed the first hill the sun had come out to greet us for our long descent into Durham, clocking up around 10 miles in three hours. Although our fitness levels have definitely increased since the start of the walk, we were pleased to get into Durham where we met the local XR group in the middle of the university district who led us over the wonderful Kingsgate footbridge (isn’t it funny how things are always better when there are no cars?) to the oldest part of the city which is a designated World Heritage Site.
We explored the glorious old cathedral from the inside and outside before moving to the nearby market square where a rally heard speeches and we taught the locals the Spanish Extinction Rebellion song.
It was the open hearts of the locals that greeted us to Durham, but the opening of the heavens that bid us farewell as we left the city in our waterproofs, walking along a meandering B road for an hour or two until we reached Riverside Park in Chester-le-Street just as the rain stopped. We stopped to have a rest, ditch the overcoats and say hi to the resident swans, ducks, gulls and cormorants who have made the River Wear their home.
The final few miles to Washington were made easier by the prospect of the awaiting pub where we talked to each other and discussed how we felt the walk was going. Our days are so busy that we don’t have much time to do anything other than walk, eat and sleep, so it was useful having the time to get things off our chest.
Written by: Anton