Day 9: Thurs. April 23 Ambleside to Sedbergh

Goodbye to How Head B&B, a good place to be for three days. Frank is taking the No Vacancy sign down, ready for the tourist onslaught. I took a bus south to Bowness so I could walk to Staveley and complete my last day on the Dales Way. It was a flat six mile amble on a rainy day. In Staveley, I walked under a street banner announcing the annual Traditional Beer Festival starting tomorrow. Oh well! I would love to join the festivities, but today I’m taking a bus to Sedbergh. Tomorrow, I’ll catch the Settle-Carlisle train to Leeds, then London and back across the pond. It’s been a great trip, I’ve met some wonderful people and I have more than a few stories to tell. I think my shoulder will survive the two falls. One lesson I learned on this walk is to carry walking poles. Next time, no more falls!

Yew Tree B&B in Sedbergh is an old two story stone house, full of nice antiques and very clean. I have a large, comfortable room with double bed, stuffed chair, writing table, wash basin and fireplace. Anne is a good host, very knowledgeable and helpful. After tea, coffee and a shower, I walked back into town and had a pint at the Dalesman but the menu was uninspiring. Taking a cue from Anne, I ventured into the Taj Mahal and had lamb biryani with rice and veggie curry. Love that rice! I’m originally from Louisiana where rice is a big crop and is eaten every day. I can eat rice at anytime.

The Dalesman pub on a morning in Sedbergh

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