Kate and Brian Lang

Travels with Kate and Blu

Kate and Brian Lang

We travelled around Australia in 2008 in a 4WD and caravan, a wonderful trip over 11 months and 50,000 km! In 2013 we embarked on another adventure, travelling through Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica, Turkey, Greece, Croatia, then whipped through central Europe to the UK and Ireland, a trip of 6 months. ( still some chapters to write up 2 years on). Not sure what is next.....
2015. What came next was a 3 month trip to the UK, with the main goal being to walk 300 km across England on Wainwrights Coast to Coast route! Highlights were the walk, a visit to Jersey and a week in Russia. Am working on completing our blogs now!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire August 16th 2015

Monday 17 August -Leaving Chop Gate, we headed across more lovely heather clad moorland, rising slowly up a gentle incline to the isolated Lion Inn pub, looks nothing from the outside, but pure 16 th century pub inside, with low beams and narrow staircases. It is a real rabbit warren, little bars and nooks everywhere, and our little bedroom was up a wee stone staircase that led straight from the main dining room! We arrived in time for lunch, another short days walk, and it was really nice to rest up in the afternoon. Great pub meals, we were surprised that the place was so busy, seems to draw in people from all over Yorkshire, as well as walkers like us. Rosemary and Don from Vancouver joined us for dinner, we have really enjoyed walking with ... read more
who is doing this walk with us!!
More moors!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire August 13th 2015

It was great to have a day off in Richmond, and it was good to meet up with Maureen's sister Kieran and her daughter Anna while there. We took time to sleep in and relax, Blu got his ears syringed at the local Hospital, we visited Richmond Castle and the "Secret Garden", indulged in brunch and cream teas, and generally pottered around. We had a great Italian dinner together with Kieran and Anna, and Blu and I met a wonderful 85 year old local gent, a well known literary expert, who invited us to his home for supper, but unfortunately it clashed with our group dinner. Feeling refreshed, we set off for Danby Wiske, turned out to be a rather wet day, with the highlight being lunch at the Local church at Bolton on Swale, where ... read more
Richmond Castle
Richmond from the castle

Europe » United Kingdom » England » North Yorkshire August 9th 2015

Sunday 9 August - from Orton we had a fairly uneventful 21 km walk to Kirkby Stephen, through some nice farmland and past streams and a viaduct. Got into KS in time to get the washing done, a bonus. Decided to opt for a curry for dinner for a change from pub grub. Our accommodation was a hostel in a former Methodist Church, very atmospheric. Monday 10 August - headed off from Kirkby Stephen, a route that took us through the small hamlet of Hartley (not sure of the connection to Keith and Jac!), then a slow climb skywards to the Nine Standards on the top of the hill, which are a collection of 9 cairns, no one seems to know exactly how they got there. Got a couple of nasty showers of rain that felt ... read more
Jac the horse whisperer

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria August 6th 2015

Thursday 6 August - Grasmere to Patterdale Grasmere is quite a trendy wee town, lots of holidaymakers this time of year. After a lovely stay in our B and B, which had a real bath, heaven on the aching muscles - we set off in drizzle and some fog the next morning, amd climbed up to Grisedale tarn (lake), another steep trek, but think we are getting better at it! The fog had lifted off the mountain, so we decided to take the higher route via St Sunday Crag (Just under 3000 feet). And so glad we did, the views were magnificent, looking across the peaks and valleys and down on Ullswater. Spent the day with Ian and Avril from Cumbria, great walking companions. It was a tough ascent but well worth it. The descent into ... read more
Setting off from Grasmere
Steady climb

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cumbria August 2nd 2015

Well this blog is well overdue, but walking is taking up most of our time at the moment! walking, eating, sleeping and a few drinks to help us along. Can't believe we have completed 10 days of the Coast to Coast already, and over 1/2 of the distance! Here's a quick summary of the walk so far, and will catch up on earlier travel stuff later. Sunday 2nd August - Set off from our lovely hostel in the Scottish Borders, dropped the rental in Edinburgh, met up with the others at Carlisle and took the 2nd train together to Whitehaven for St Bees. Train was crammed with walkers and assorted others. Our first night was spent catching up on goss and checking out St Bees, got caught up with evensong at the lovely old church by ... read more
The Gang at St Bees, ready to go!
Looking back on St Bees

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Northumberland July 27th 2015

From Newcastle we headed up to our base for the next 5 nights at Kirk Yetholm. Didn't actually realise till we got there that it was in Scotland, just across the border in fact by about a mile or two. Aha, that's what they mean by the Scottish Border country! Loved the area, so quiet and rural, and again, very few tourists and stuff that goes with it. We also noticed how friendly the people up North are, felt very comfortable here. The hostel was good, small and friendly, and in a tiny village right at the end of the Pennine Way. We also enjoyed being able to cook our own meals at the hostel, which was pretty quiet, and treated ourselves to dinner at the Town Yetholm pub on the last night. We used it ... read more
On our walk from Jedburgh to Kelso
On our walk from Jedburgh to Kelso
On our walk from Jedburgh to Kelso

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Durham County July 26th 2015

Sunday 26 July - our next stop was Durham, where we arrived on a wet Sunday afternoon, although unlike home, there was no wind, so it wasn't a problem really. We had booked 2 nights at St Chads, which is a university hall of residence but becomes a Youth Hostel over the summer. It was right opposite Durham Cathedral, and just a stones throw from old Durham town. We had a huge room at the hostel and there was car parking 10 minutes away, so we could just leave the car there till it was time to move on. Durham was SO quiet and not at all touristy, which was a nice surprise, and in fact the whole of our time in the North it was like that, one of Britains best kept secrets? Durham is ... read more
Durham castle on the river
Durham old town
Durham Castle

Europe » United Kingdom » England July 22nd 2015

A chance remark by our history buff friend TK inspired us to go to Ironbridge, we really didnt know much about it at all, but it is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. It's famous bridge was the first cast iron bridge in the world, and one of few still standing today. And a very impressive bridge it was, as was the town, a peaceful quiet place on the river Severn. Our accommodation at the Malthouse was quite unique too with different colour schemes in each room - we were in the Pink Room, which was VERY pink and rather wacky (see photo, no I am not in a brothel!) After exploring Ironbridge, we headed across to a wee town called Much Wenlock, which had some lovely old buildings and an interesting plaque that caught our ... read more
Tolls for crossing the bridge

Europe » United Kingdom » England July 20th 2015

Monday 20 July - Oxford was a bit of a surprise for us, we had been there in the late 70s but only for a quick visit, it is a really beautiful town with stunning university buildings and colleges. We were quite excited to be staying in Keble College, which opens up its university student accommodation to visitors in the summer. A lovely old college with a beautiful dining hall like in Harry Potter! It was quite a treat. in the evening we had tea at a 16th Century local pub Eagle and Child, known by the locals as the Bird and Baby, which turned out to be where CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien met to discuss their writings! Place is so full of history! Did a walking tour of the university town in the morning ... read more
Keble College dining hall
Keble College
The chapel at Keble College

Europe July 18th 2015

18 July So with Devon sorted, we headed for the Youth Hostel in Cheddar, which was a more modern one complete with party animals who kept us awake till 1am. Not to worry, the next day was sunny and warm and we did a walk along the tops of the Cheddar Gorge, which was impressive. Didn't bother with the caves or the cute cheese shops, as they were all pretty expensive in NZ dollars. Had a sudden inspiration to visit Wells, just down the road from Cheddar, what a nice town it is! The centrepiece is a magnificent cathedral set on a large green, we were blown away by it really. Actually we initially thought the large church we parked near was the cathedral, turned out to be a fraction of the size. one of the ... read more
Cheddar Gorge
Avon River, Bath
View from the top of the Gorge

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