After paddling in the sea in March I thought it was time to get out into the North Pennines what a surprize I was in for. Hail stones – yes – rain- yes – sleet – yes… but there was some sunshine. Fortunately the ski pants I had bought in the January sales came in handy. No, there was no snow but it was cold enough to!
For our first real outing of the season we tried the Tees Railway Path as traversed by ‘Julia’ in one of her programmes last year. The frustrations of very muddy stretches and chained gates were relieved by an unexpected detour which took us into a lovely hostelry in Romaldskirk. A warm fire and home-made soup helped restore the feeling to fingers and toes, a large table to spread out the map and we had a revised plan for the return journey. The old railway line had lots of cowslips, primroses and daffodils lining the way. Spring lambs looked curiously at my mode of transport particularly my efforts to open the many gates (and close!) It was great to be back out on the land and appreciate the efforts that have been made to make these routes accessible.