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I'm raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support by traveling the UK, living by simple rules; *No Money handled or used at any time *No Trading for sponsorship. I have a tent that will mostly be living out of, as well as some other more basic equipment that will help me along the way. I will mostly be walking from place to place seeing the landscapes of Britain and with a bit of luck meet lots more wonderful people like the peeps of Norwich and King's Lynn where I have been so far. I am making good progress up the East side of the UK, and hope to reach Edinburgh in time for the festival in August. I am always interested in suggestions and challenges you may have for places for me to see do or find across the country. People interested in keeping updated with my progress or just having a chat can do so through Twitter @mheefree Please donate through http://www.justgiving.com/me-free any donations are always greatly appreciated, as little as a penny will all help people affected by cancer all over.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Taking my time to Alnwick

It was so beautiful walking the coast from my camp on Tynemouth cliffs

To Blyth along the coast meeting all the dog walkers on their morning strolls so many wonderful views as always

I stopped for a rest on the patio of the Castaways tea shop to get the strength back in my shoulders, and even though they were not yet open the owners -John, and Leigh- came out with tea and toast. I took the chance to update my journal and enjoy the morning sun.

I arived in blyth around noon via the promenade and stopped to get some directions around to the joiners arms (next on the map) it wasn't far I was suprised to hear as the map had Morpeth marked for it. So off I go again

Finding that the joiners was still closed I ducked into the masons to wait for it to open. Here I met such an amazing young lass -Danielle- I will never forget her. Danielle offered me a sofa for the night almost as soon as we met, this is, I am learning, the greatest gift anyone can offer a traveler as it means so much to be in comfort for a night after a few on a floor. Eventually the joiners opened and I started accross to it stopping to speak to a lad opposite for a bit, Billy invited me into the social club I agreed but said I needed to folow the map first, as it turns out its the wrong joiners arms and I was looking for the one in Morpeth lol. So now to Blyth sports social club, here I was overwhelmed by their generosity and Keith just kept on finding little gadgets that he said I might need. By this time I'm starting to feel a bit tipsy and decide its time to stop for the night. Danielle was incredible and fed me very well, we talked long into the night, it felt like I had known her for years.
In the morning after a repack of my bag (it was greatly needed) I started for morpeth. After a few hours my shoulders were starting to give again and then as if fate was playing a marvellous game with me I spotted the travelers rest

This I took as the spot to heal for a little while and met several new friends and a few new map markers. Next was the Queens head this was starting to turn into a national pub crawl, again many very nice people and chats, but this could not be my destination of the night

I pressed on, now all day the weather had been allover the place there was scorching sun, torrential rain and even some hail and all day I had been lucky enough to avoid it. My luck had ran out now however and I was stuck in the open as it rained all hell down, but the sun hadn't given up an through the battle there was the most spectacular double rainbow

I was soaked from head to upper ancle (waterproof socks lol) by the time I reached the correct Joiners arms,

I had a wonderful night and fell asleep by the steppy stones to the sound of the stream. Morpeth was even more beautiful by day and I hurried round getting pics before I continued.

Google maps had my next part of the trip all planed out and on my phones tiny screen it looked easy enough, but after 3 or 4 hours I got acostomed to the scale, luckly I neednt have as I met a couple of truckers Colin and Eddie who were going that way and that as there was no paths it would be quite dangerous to walk, and so dropped me at the door of the Newcastle hotel in Rothbury where I had some fun painting, I do wish more people would put me to use. Rothbury was a lovely little place but I didn't stop long and after the Newcastle and a bit of the tennis I started up the road to Alnwick not getting far then sleeping in a field. This road to Alnwick was all hills and no corners it was exhausting to walk, but at last I'm here I arrived yesterday afternoon and charged my phone at the Alnwick Arms where I met yet more wonderful people and slept with a view of the castle

Today I will get to barter books then back to the cost.
Thanx to everyone I have met along the way in your way you make my journey easyer;
John, Leigh, Sarah, Rosy, Angela, Billy, Keith, Claire, Leanne, Debbie (happy birthday), Lyn, Derick, Bel, Paul, Robbie, Wayne, Jenna, sorry Graeme, Tanny, Kenny Kay, Gary, Collette, Alan, Frankie, Peter, Sarah, Colin, Eddie, Ayelish, Toni, Sarah, Chris, Elizabeth, Alison, Dave, Jade, and of cause Danielle. Thank you all so much and keep smiling. :-)
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