We caught the 9.35 train out of Appleby and watched our walk rewind before our eyes as the train trundled back to Leeds. Like excited children, we spotted hills we walked over, places we stopped for lunch, rivers and canals we walked by, even a hotel we stayed one night. That’s an amazing end to a fabulous walk.
It’s a really pretty railway line with amazing views over first Cumbria and then Yorkshire and too soon we had arrived back in Leeds.
A quick transfer to Manchester and by 1.30 we had dropped off the bags and were exploring the city.
First stop, Mark Addy’s, a canalside pub in Spinningfield, with a lovely sun trap garden, Addlestones and a ploughmans for lunch.
We went round a book market, the Darwin exhibition at the Manchester Museum and found the Koppaberg Secret Garden 100 yds down from the BBC. Sitting under a flyover rather than a viaduct is not quite the same though. We probably walked almost as far as a Dales Highway walking day!
We headed off to Castlefield, another canal area with busy pubs and restaurants. Manchester have created an outdoor beach area to watch the football, so we watched the beginning of the Spain match with a bratwurst and chips.
Later we found Cask – a small bar with a huge range of beer, both bottled and cask. Neil had draft Cruzcampo, hardly ever available over here. Lovely place, with a tiny, sunny garden. Could have stayed all evening.
Two stops later, Dimitris for tapas and Briton Protection for a last drink (another fabulous tiny pub) and we finally made it back to the hotel for 11pm. Marvellous room. Very comfy bed. Great night’s sleep.