The overall plan has evolved or to paraphrase a military expression ‘didn’t survive its first contact’ in this case not the enemy but the interminable and seemingly never ending rain. Wettest Autumn and now wettest February has left a chunk of South and East Yorkshire super sodden with little chance of drying out in time to walk comfortably across it.
So we are going to set off from Harrogate and the lovely St Peters Church for the first leg of the journey on Easter Sunday. Harrogate to Clifford then to Allerton Bywater A lift from Allerton across the flood plains North of Doncaster to dry land at Thorne and on our way.
We are equipped to self support and wild camp but would prefer to have organised sites in advance. We have been offered some places to stay which will be a lovely chance to have a shower and a comfy bed. The sort of places we hope to be able to put the tent up are land around churches, sports clubs, village halls, pub gardens your back garden. If you are able to give us permission to campin any of these sort of places please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org The ? Indicate where we are still looking for a stopping place.
This is the route, the stopping points and the dates we think we will be there.
Set off from Harrogate Easter Sunday 12 April first stop –
Date Destination Miles/kilometres Staying
12/04 Clifford 13.1/21 Airbnb
13/04 Allerton Bywater 13.9/22.4 Stay friends
14/04 Crowle & Ealand 10.4/16.7 Campsite booked
15/04 Owston Ferry 10.2/16 ?
16/04 Gainsborough 9.5/15.3 ?
17/04 Stow 8.8/14.2 Possibly StowMinster
18/04 Lincoln 9.7/15.7 ?
19/04 Lincoln Rest Day ?
20/04 Navenby 10.2/16.5 St Peters
21/04 Ancaster 9.9/16 Campsite booked
22/04 Ingoldsby 10.2/16.4 ?
23/04 Little Bytham 10/16 ?
24/04 Stamford 10.2/16.4 Airbnb booked
25/04 Rest Day Stamford Airbnb
26/04 Rest Day Stamford Airbnb
27/04 Fotheringhay 11.9/19 ?
28/04 Old Weston 12.3/19.8 ?
29/04 Kimbolton 8.6/13 ?
30/04 St Neots 9.5/15.3 ?
01/05 Biggleswade 12/19.3 ?
02/05 Baldock 11.3/18.2 Wade
03/05 Rest Day Baldock ?
04/05 Watton at Stone 10.7/17.2 ?
05/05 Broxbourne 12.6/20.3 ?
06/07 Lee Vally Camping 9.8/15.8 ?
07/07 Southwark Cathedral 10.8/17.4
Finish UK leg 235.5/379
11/05 BA Gatwick-Bilbao
12/05 Zarutze Start Camino del Norté to Santiago 490/ 789k to